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in·tes·tate

 (ĭn-tĕs′tāt′, -tĭt) Law
adj.
1. Having made no legal will: an intestate parent.
2. Not disposed of by a legal will: intestate lands.
n.
One who dies without a legal will.

[Middle English, from Old French intestat, from Latin intestātus : in-, not; see in-1 + testātus, testate, from past participle of testārī, to make a will; see testament.]

in·tes′ta·cy (-tə-sē) n.

in•tes•ta•cy

(ɪnˈtɛs tə si)

n.
the state or fact of being intestate at death.
[1760–70]
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Noun1.intestacy - the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
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010) ("The part not distributable to the surviving spouse, or the entire intestate property, if there is no surviving spouse, shall descend and be distributed as follows: (a) To the decedent's children, or their descendants, in equal parts; (b) If there are no children, or their descendants, then to the decedent's father, mother, brothers and sisters or their descendants in equal parts.
Kraut, Annotation, Effect of Will Provision Cutting off Heir or Next of Kin, or Restricting Him to Provision Made, to Exclude Him from Distribution of Intestate Property, 100 A.
On appeal, the Fifth Circuit said that the general proposition that a lapsed bequest becomes intestate property was qualified by Mississippi's anti-lapse statute (Miss.