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Descendants are those blood relations who are in direct line of descent from a given person. Whether or not a person is a descendant is of particular interest when a person dies intestate (without a will) and the law must determine which individuals receive the estate. Familial relations are determined by state, not federal, law and the status of adopted children varies by state.
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