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Apportioning

Definition - What does Apportioning mean?

Apportioning is the act of distributing something among a number of parties. In the context of the law, there are many things that are legally apportioned. For example, the House of Representatives has its members apportioned by state population. Damages in civil suits can also be apportioned to the the responsible parties, etc.

Justipedia explains Apportioning

The law often dictates the exact apportioning protocols for certain legal matters. For example, in estate law, if there is no will left by the decedent, then the assets left behind will be apportioned to relatives according to strict laws. These laws typically prioritize the closest relatives to receive the assets first. Other things can be apportioned in accordance with the law as well, such as how many refugees from a distressed nation that a state may have to take in.

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