The apportioning, disbursing, dividing, offering, or parceling out of property among individuals. (1) Probate: Court order to divide up and distribute the contents of an estate after the satisfaction of all claims against it. The estate is divided between all distributes. (2) Securities Offering: A public securities offering by an issuer or underwriter. (3) Statutes of Distribution: State laws controlling the distribution of individuals intestate estates to all distributes.