Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The division of the personal property of an intestate according to law (see 56 Iowa, 266, 9 N. W. 204); dividing or apportioning. See 12 Neb. 280, 11 N. W. 313.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. The apportionment and division, under authority of a court, of the remainder of the estate of an intestate, after payment of the debts and charges, among those who are legally entitled to share in the same. Rogers v. Gil-lett, 56 Iowa, 266, 9 N. W. 204; William Hill Co. v. Lawler, 116 Cal. 359, 48 Pac. 323; In re Creighton, 12 Neb. 280, 11 N. W. 313 ; Thomson v. Tracy, 60 N. Y. 180.
    —Statute of distributions. A law prescribing the manner of the distribution of the estate of an intestate among his heirs or relatives. Such statutes exist in all the states.