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 (ĭn-tĕs′tāt′, -tĭt) Law
1. Having made no legal will: an intestate parent.
2. Not disposed of by a legal will: intestate lands.
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.


(ɪnˈtɛs tə si)

the state or fact of being intestate at death.
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Noun1.intestacy - the situation of being or dying without a legally valid will
situation, state of affairs - the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time; "the present international situation is dangerous"; "wondered how such a state of affairs had come about"; "eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt
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Identifying the beneficiaries: this might not be easy if the deceased has not made a will and the estate passes to his nearest relatives under the intestacy rules.
In that case you and any sisters or brothers are entitled, under the intestacy rules, to any money or property she owned in her sole name.
When Mr A died as he did not have a will or any family, his estate was claimed by the Crown under the intestacy rules.
If you do not leave a valid will your estate will pass in accordance with the intestacy rules which set out who is entitled to inherit from your estate.
Via the deceased's will or through intestacy rules, there are two methods of achieving in effect the same ISA outcome.
Under intestacy rules, his estate will be split between their children, Jessica, 23 and 16-year-old Harrison.
This evolution has created many complex matters, including inheritance issues, which comprise the intestacy rules.
Major changes to intestacy rules are to be introduced in October.
The main difference with this is that, in the event of the death of one of the joint owners, the deceased party's interest will pass to the specified beneficiary in accordance with the terms of any existing will or, in the absence of a will, in accordance with the Intestacy Rules.
With the exception of any jointly owned policies, the proceeds of life policies you hold would be paid to your estate on death and distributed either under the terms of your Will or the intestacy rules.
Newly-released probate records reveal he did not leave a will, meaning his gross estate will be inherited by his family under intestacy rules.