per stirpesper stir·pes
Law with the children of any beneficiary who has predeceased the testator receiving the beneficiary's share
Origin of per stirpesL, by stocks or families ; from stirps, a stalk, stem: see stirps
per stirpes - Legal Definition
By or through roots and stocks. A proportional division of the estate among beneficiaries according to the share of descent from their deceased ancestor. Essentially, each beneficiary gets shares of stock in the estate based upon the closeness of relationship to the deceased. Distinct from per capita.