intestate
in·tes·tate 1 /in-'tes-ˌtāt/ adj [Latin intestatus, from in- not + testatus testate]
1: having not made a valid will
died intestate
2: not disposed of by a valid will
intestate property
an intestate estate; specif: transmitted according to statutory rules governing intestate succession
3: of or relating to intestate succession
intestate laws
intestate 2 n: a person who dies intestate

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

intestate
adj.
Without a valid will at the time of death.
n.
A person who dies without a valid will.

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


intestate
The condition of dying without a valid will. The probate court appoints an administrator to distribute the deceased person's property according to state law.
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Estates, Executors & Probate Court
Category: Wills, Trusts & Estates → Wills

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

intestate
England, Wales
A person who dies without leaving a (valid) will.
See also the intestacy rules.

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


intestate
adj. The condition of having died without a will.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


intestate
The description of a person who dies without making a valid will or the reference made to this condition.

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


intestate
The description of a person who dies without making a valid will or the reference made to this condition.

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

intestate
adj.
   referring to a situation where a person dies without leaving a valid will. This usually is voiced as "he died intestate," "intestate estate," or "intestate succession."
   See also: intestacy, intestate, succession

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • intestate — in‧tes‧tate [ɪnˈtesteɪt, stt] adverb LAW die intestate to die without having made a proper will (= an official document, stating who will have your money, property etc after you die): • You need someone to administer the estate of a relative who …   Financial and business terms

  • Intestate — In*tes tate, a. [L. intestatus; pref. in not + testatus, p. p. of testari to make a will: cf. F. intestat. See {Testament}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Without having made a valid will; without a will; as, to die intestate. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] Airy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intestate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not having made a will before one dies. ► NOUN ▪ a person who has died intestate. DERIVATIVES intestacy noun …   English terms dictionary

  • intestate — [in tes′tāt΄, in tes′tit] adj. [ME < L intestatus < in , not + testatus, pp. of testari, to make a will: see TESTAMENT] 1. having made no will 2. not disposed of by a will n. a person who has died intestate …   English World dictionary

  • Intestate — In*tes tate, n. (Law) A person who dies without making a valid will. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intestate — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. intestat (13c.) and directly from L. intestatus having made no will, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + testatus, pp. of testari make a will, bear witness (see TESTAMENT (Cf. testament)). As a noun, one who has not… …   Etymology dictionary

  • intestate — To die without a will. A person is said to die intestate when he dies without making a will, or dies without leaving anything to testify what his wishes were with respect to the disposal of his property after his death. Under such circumstances,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • intestate — To die without a will. A person is said to die intestate when he dies without making a will, or dies without leaving anything to testify what his wishes were with respect to the disposal of his property after his death. Under such circumstances,… …   Black's law dictionary

  • intestate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin intestatus, from in + testatus testate Date: 14th century 1. having made no valid will < died intestate > 2. not disposed of by will < an intestate estate > II. n …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • intestate — /in tes tayt, tit/, adj. 1. (of a person) not having made a will: to die intestate. 2. (of things) not disposed of by will: Her property remains intestate. n. 3. a person who dies intestate. [1350 1400; ME < L intestatus, equiv. to in IN 3 +… …   Universalium

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