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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
The topics are intestacy, rights of the spouse and children, the statute of wills, revoking and changing wills, will components, estate property, interpretation, creating trusts, elements of a trust, trustee powers and duties, trust administration problems, and probate administration.
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.
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.
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.
Last Will & Testament: If you are unmarried and without a will, you are subject to the intestacy laws of your state.
This Note seeks to address how increasingly complex family situations should impact intestacy statutes.
Ms Edwards said: "We have seen cases in the past where children are entirely disinherited because their parent passed away without a will leaving everything to a new spouse under the intestacy laws, who went on to leave everything to their own family.
Major changes to intestacy rules are to be introduced in October.