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Will WESA make “per stirpes” extinct?

A client of mine once sent a draft will back to me having deleted the term “stirpes” and replaced it with “stripes”. He had had no idea what the word meant, and had replaced it with the first suggestion that his word processor spell checker gave him.

I generally try to avoid the use of archaic language (English or Latin) in drafting estate planning documents. I want my clients to understand what they are signing. I find, though, that there are certain terms of art that are difficult to replace with modern alternatives, and per stirpes is one of them.

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