lawful issue

Definition of "lawful issue"
  1. Once a term used in will statutes meaning children born to married parents, but now equivalent to 'issue' or 'lineal descendant'
How to use "lawful issue" in a sentence
  1. Her will declared that her estate would be divided equally among her lawful issue.
  2. To be considered as lawful issue for inheritance, paternity needed to be established.
  3. Despite being the closest relative, he was not considered lawful issue due to the reasons of his birth.

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