Lineal Descendant Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Lineal Descendant.

Lineal Descendant (noun)

A lineal descendant refers to a person who is in the direct line of descent or bloodline from a specific ancestor. This includes straight down the family line such as children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. It doesn't include siblings or sideways relatives, unlike collateral descendants.