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The act of advancing, or the state of being advanced; progression; improvement; furtherance; promotion to a higher place or dignity; as, the advancement of learning. An advance of money or value; payment in advance.

 - (Law) Property given, usually by a parent to a child, in advance of a future distribution. A gift by a parent to a child which the parent intends to be charged against the donee's share of the parental estate if the donor should die intestate. Settlement on a wife, or jointure. Under modern law, an advancement can be made to any heir but not to a child or other descendants. Under common law, the burden of proof that the gift was not an advancement was on the party contending that the gift was not an advancement. Under modern law, the burden is on the party who contends that the gift is an advancement. Proof is allowed: Some states permit oral or written testimony.

 - Others state that an advancement is proved only if it is expressly declared as such in writing by the donor or by the acknowledgment of the donee in a signed writing with no oral testimony allowed. ...

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