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Per Capita vs. Per Stirpes

Often in wills or trusts, an individual will designate the shares given to individuals as “per capita” or “per stirpes.”  What is the difference?  Per capita means “per individual.”  This means that if someone says, “I give to my children equal shares, per capita, my estate,” all individuals living at the time will take an…
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