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

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intestacy

noun in·tes·ta·cy \ in-ˈtes-tə-sē \

legal Definition of intestacy

plural intestacies
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 possible
  • Smith v. Estate of Peters, 741 P.2d 1172 (1987)
  • the remaining property passed by intestacy to the heirs

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