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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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It's estimated that around six out of ten people in Scotland die without a Will, which means that who inherits their estate is determined by Scotland's intestacy rules. This can lead to problems and undesirable outcomes in any situation, and particularly with family businesses.
Yet research by in 2017 found that 60 per cent of adults across the UK had not written a will, leaving their final wishes in the hands of Government intestacy rules.
If the will is invalid your estate will be distributed under the intestacy rules, which would result in your brothers receiving an equal sum.
"Leaving a valid will is crucial, as intestacy rules do not take into account the various family dynamics people face in the UK and can be made more complicated by multiple marriages, divorces, children and stepchildren."
"If you die without a will the intestacy rules, which say who should inherit by law, come into force," explains Helen Strong, Head of Private Client at Brindley Twist Tafft & James.
However, if he had not left a will, then the law would have decided to whom his estate would pass, under the Intestacy Rules.
For those who are married, laws known as intestacy rules do give some protection, though exactly how it works depends on which part of the UK you live in.
Under intestacy rules, his estate will be split between their children, Jessica, 23 and 16-year-old Harrison.
Newly-released probate records reveal he did not leave a will, meaning his gross estate will be inherited by his family under intestacy rules.
The Law Commission had again criticized the former rule as "complex and expensive to administer," noting that "many administrators of estates are lay persons who have little previous knowledge and experience of the intestacy rules." THE LAW COMM'N, supra note 210, at [paragraph] 22.