Per Stirpes

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Definition of 'Per Stirpes'


A stipulation that, should a beneficiary predecease the testator, the beneficiary's share of the inheritance will go to his or her heirs.

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Investopedia explains 'Per Stirpes'


While the term per stirpes is commonly used in reference to assets under a will, it is sometimes used in beneficiary designations for retirement accounts.

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