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Latin. Collation of goods. Descent, distribution. An assessment of goods: also an assessment or impost upon the people. Where a portion or money advanced to a son or daughter, is brought into hotchpot, in order to have an equal distributive share of the ancestor's personal estate. The same rule obtains in the civil law. See Collation of advancements.

Collation is a provision of the Scotch law, whereby an heir, on renouncing his right to the heritage of the deceased, and allowing it to form a part of the general estate, becomes entitled to an equal share of that estate with the next of kin. The heir cannot be compelled to collate, but when the heritable succession is small, and the moveable succession large, it is his interest, and he cannot be prevented from doing so. In collation, the heir is bound to give up whatever heritage he succeeds to through his ancestor; but where he succeeds to property as heir of provision, not being alioqui successurus, he can claim share of the movables without collating property so derived. Neither is the heir bound to collate presents given, or advances made to him by the deceased during life. ...

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