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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.
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(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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Vanstone's presumed intestacy. But, by all means, put the question, for the satisfaction of your own mind, to Mr.
For by her predeceasing her daughter the latter would have come into possession of the property, and, even had she only survived her mother by five minutes, her property would, in case there were no will, and a will was a practical impossibility in such a case, have been treated at her decease as under intestacy. In which case Lord Godalming, though so dear a friend, would have had no claim in the world.
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.
Maxine Phillips a paralegal specialising in Wills, Trusts and Probate at Jackson Lees based at their Heswall office comments: The law says that if you die without leaving a valid Will, whether because you never made one or because the one you made is invalid, your estate (which includes all assets held in your sole name such as property, bank accounts or personal items) will be distributed according to the Rules of Intestacy.
However, if he had not left a will, then the law would have decided to whom his estate would pass, under the Intestacy Rules.
They cover lawyers, estates, and trusts; intestacy; wills; trusts; other nonprobate devices; planning for incapacity; changing the share; protecting the family; present and future interests; powers of appointment; problems of interpretation; the rule against perpetuities; problems of administration; a sketch of federal wealth transfer taxes; and looking ahead.
In the absence of a will, under our New York intestacy statutes found in the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law, surviving spouses are entitled to certain specific property including an assortment of cash, a vehicle, and personal property, then if there are no children, the survivor receives all remaining assets.
Unless your father makes a will leaving them something you will inherit everything he owns under the intestacy rules.
Internationally, in the case of intestacy - when someone dies without a will - the husband, wife or civil partner gets all of the estate.
Life events such as marriage, divorce or the death of a spouse could mean that our estates may be distributed after our death according to the laws of intestacy rather than going to the people that we would like to see benefit.
He clinched the Champion of Champions title last week when he spotted that "Nicetasty" was an anagram of "Intestacy".