What Is Per Stirpes?

What Is Per Stirpes?

"Per stirpes," Latin for "per branch," is a legal term for the distribution of a person's estate divided out evenly by branch, according to InvestorWords. Each branch gets an equal share of the estate, regardless of how many people might be in the branch.

To illustrate, if there are five people in one branch and one person in the other, five people share one half, while the single person in the other branch gets the other entire half. This differs from the term "per capita" in that per capita allots an equal share to every person named rather than every branch.