I often begin seminars with the statement that one of my primary functions as an estate planning attorney is to translate legalese into English, and the I point out that word "issue". In estate planning parlance it means a person's offspring -- their children, grandchildren, and down the line.
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An example of "issue" in an estate plan would be "the remainder of my estate to my spouse, if my spouse has predeceased, then equally to my issue, by right of representation." This is legalese for "give my property to my spouse, and if they died before me, then to my kids in equal shares." A side note, the phrase "right of representation" is also known as per stirpes. This indicates that if a child had predeceased, then his or her share would go to his or her children instead of his or her surviving siblings.
It can get complicated. Flow charts are a great way to capture some of these concepts.
Remember, a blog is not legal advice. Please consult with an attorney in your state for advice specific to your situation.
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