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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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Since your sister died first, her estate went to her husband under the intestacy rules and on his death, everything went to his family under the same rules.
Under intestacy rules, if no will is in place assets pass automatically to the closest blood relatives who are often children of the deceased or parents or siblings.
How do the new intestacy rules affect my wife should anything happen to me?
Major changes to intestacy rules are to be introduced in October.
Mr Jones, assistant solicitor at Worcestershire-based mfg Solicitors, said: "The intestacy rules have been in place for many years and an update and clarification has been a long time coming.
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.
If you hadn't made a will then, under the intestacy rules, the share would pass to the deceased child's children if he or she had any.
Under the intestacy rules, which operate when a person has not made a will, step-children are not entitled to inherit a person's estate.
A) When someone dies without a Will they die "intestate" and their estate is dealt with in accordance with the Intestacy Rules which are set out in statute.