intestacy
in·tes·ta·cy /in-'tes-tə-sē/ n pl -cies
1: the state of dying intestate: an intestate state or condition
the invalidation of the will resulted in her intestacy
wills should be construed to avoid intestacy whenever possibleSmith v. Estate of Peters, 741 P.2d 1172 (1987)
the remaining property passed by intestacy to the heirs

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

intestacy
n.
The condition of dying without a valid will.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


intestacy
the state of dying, leaving property undisposed of by will. This may be because the testator has failed to make a will at all or because his will does not make any effective disposition of property (total intestacy) or because his will effectively disposes of some, but not all, of his property (partial intestacy). The distribution of the intestate estate is done according to detailed rules.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


intestacy
The condition of having died without a valid will. In the absence of a will or other valid estate planning documents, the deceased person's property will be distributed according to the state's "intestacy statutes."
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

intestacy
England, Wales
An estate where a person has died intestate.
See also the intestacy rules.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


intestacy
The state or condition of dying without having made a valid will or without having disposed by will of a segment of the property of the decedent.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


intestacy
The state or condition of dying without having made a valid will or without having disposed by will of a segment of the property of the decedent.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

intestacy
n.
   the condition of having died without a valid will. In such a case if the dead party has property it will be distributed according to statutes, primarily by the law of descent and distribution and others dealing with marital property and community property. In probate the administration of the estate of a person without a will is handled by an administrator (usually a close relative, the spouse, a close associate) or a public administrator if there is no one willing to act, since there is no executor named in a will. In most states an administrator must petition the court to be appointed and must post a bond from an insurance company guaranteeing that it will pay the value of the assets he/she/it may steal or misuse.
   See also: intestate, probate, will

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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