Definition of DESCEND in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DESCEND

To pass by succession as when the estate vests by operation of law in the heirs immediately upon the death of the ancestor. Trahern v. Woolwine, 109 W.Va. 623, 155 S.E. 909, 910. The term, as used in some statutes, includes an acquisition by devise. Cordon v. Gregg, 164 Or. 306, 101 P.2d 414, 415.

To pass down from generation to generation. Weedin v. Chin Bow, C.C.A.Wash., 7 F.2d 369.

To go;—often used as a word of transfer. Gordon v. Cadwalader, 164 Cal. 509, 130 P. 18, 20.

As used in wills, the word "descend" is often regarded as a general expression equivajent to the words "go to" or "belong to," and as indicating a passing of title by the force of the will rather than of the statute. Klingman v. Gilbert, 90 Kan. 545, 135 P. 682, 684; Carter v. Reserve Gas Co., 84 W.Va. 741, 100 S.E. 738, 742.

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