intestacy

noun
in·​tes·​ta·​cy | \ in-ˈte-stə-sē How to pronounce intestacy (audio) \

Definition of intestacy

: the quality or state of being or dying intestate

First Known Use of intestacy

1767, in the meaning defined above

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“Intestacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intestacy. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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intestacy

noun
in·​tes·​ta·​cy | \ in-ˈtes-tə-sē How to pronounce intestacy (audio) \
plural intestacies

Legal Definition of intestacy

1 : the state of dying intestate : an intestate state or condition the invalidation of the will resulted in her intestacy
2 : intestate succession at succession 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

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