intestacy

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noun in·tes·ta·cy \in-ˈte-stə-sē\

Definition of intestacy

  1. :  the quality or state of being or dying intestate

1767

First Known Use of intestacy

1767


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intestacy

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noun in·tes·ta·cy \in-ˈtes-tə-sē\

Legal Definition of intestacy

plural

intestacies

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

  2. 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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