Equal Degree Law and Legal Definition

Equal degree refers to a relationship between two or more relatives who are the same number of steps away from a common ancestor.

The following is an example of a case law on equal degree:

In distribution of interest of a deceased, when there be no widow and no child, and no brothers or sisters or their children, distribution is to be made to the next of the kindred in equal degree, of or unto the intestate, and their legal representatives as aforesaid, and in no other manner whatsoever. [Davis v. Vanderveer's Adm'r, 23 N.J. Eq. 558 (N.J. 1872)].