intestacy

noun
in·tes·ta·cy | \ in-ˈte-stə-sē \

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

noun
in·tes·ta·cy | \ in-ˈtes-tə-sē \
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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