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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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Under Michigan's laws of intestate succession (for those who pass away without a will), Franklin's children have priority in becoming the personal representative of her estate.
To determine this, family composition, legitime, the desires and wishes of the estate owner and the intricacies of testate and intestate succession need to be considered.
Specifically, no payment of transfer fees is imposed or collected for the registration of a property title deed where it is acquired by a lawful heir, through intestate succession or a will, or by way of gift, or sale from a foster parent to a child, or from a foster child after the death of his foster parent pursuant to a will.
Francis' nephews and nieces, his heirs by intestate succession, sought to nullify the deed of donation inter vivos their uncle executed in favor of Ciri.
Nicolae, Ioana and Schiopu, Silviu Dorin (2011), "Classes of heirs and the intestate succession rights of the surviving spouse in the European civil law tradition," Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Series VII: Social Sciences and Law, 1: 133-138.
According to Margaret Mensah-Williams other bills to be tabled include the Marital Property Bill, the Marriages Bill, the Customary Law Marriages Bill and the Intestate Succession Bill, which will promote gender equality in domestic relationships.
Except in cases of intestate succession and testate succession of legitimes to compulsory heirs, and the foreclosure of agricultural land by banks, agrarian laws proscribes the transfer of ownership of agricultural lands if it will result to the transferee gaining an aggregate agricultural landownership of more than five hectares.
Without a will, your property will be distributed according to the laws of "intestate succession." To make sure that your possessions are given to the right people, you can list specific items that you want to go to particular individuals, such as giving grandma's wedding ring to your oldest daughter.
The effect of a declaration that the deceased's will was void on the basis of public policy was that the deceased would die intestate, and both Donna and Verolin would share equally in his estate as his children according to the rules of intestate succession in that jurisdiction.
This text explains wills, trusts, and estates to legal assistants, including intestate succession, estate administration, nonprobate transfers, wealth transfer taxation, disability and death planning, and malpractice and professional responsibility.
Intestate succession statutes are difficult to design--they must be definite enough to ensure judicial efficiency, yet also match the average decedent's probable intent.