Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Collateral Descendant Definition:

A descendant that is not direct, such as a niece or a cousin.

Related Terms: Lineal Descendant, Next of Kin, Consanguinity

"A collateral descendant is a niece or nephew of his or her uncle or aunt."

These words were used by Madam Justice Russell of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in Burnaby Greenhouse, at ¶13.

A descendant that is not direct (i.e. collateral), such as a niece or a cousin.

University of Detroit law professor Merle Brake wrote, in 1953:

"Descendants are either lineal or collateral.

lineal descendant is one in the direct line of descent.

A collateral descendant is one descended from the same ancestor but not in the same line, e.g. brothers and sisters."

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