FAQ: What are "Issue"?

Definition of ISSUE: (noun) / descendants in any degree from a common ancestor

In the context of trusts and estates, the term ‘issue’ is defined as “the descendants in any degree from a common ancestor”.  In other words, issue refers to a person’s lineal descendants, such as children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc. This differs from “heirs”, which could include other relatives besides lineal descendants.