[mass noun] The reunion and blending together of properties for the purpose of securing equal division, especially of the property of an intestate parent.
- ‘The principle of restitution and the hotchpot rule may be combined, e.g., by having recourse to restitution only where the hotchpot rule will not likely lead to inter-creditor fairness.’
- ‘The value of the hotchpot, that is, advancements plus Intestate's estate, is $630,000.’
- ‘The general principle of tax law that income from an individual member's property thrown into the family hotchpot is taxable as the income of the joint family, is superseded by section 64.’
- ‘Such party bringing such advancement into hotchpot shall thereupon be entitled to his or her proper portion of the whole estate descended, both real and personal; but such advancement shall be valued according to its value at the time said distributee received it.’
- ‘These hotchpot provisions were repealed by Article 3 Succession Order 1996 for deaths on or after 20 February 1997.’
Late Middle English (meaning ‘hotchpotch’): from Anglo-Norman French and Old French hochepot, from hocher to shake (probably of Low German origin) + pot pot.