Dying without a legal will. Distribution is overseen by a probate court. also called in intestacy. opposite of testate.

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I was lad to be intestate because I did not want a will and did not have any plans to die any time soon.

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The intestate nature of the situation left the family to seek legal remedies for the situation to advise on the best course of action.

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Grandma created a will before she died and decided who would get the property, which is much better than being intestate and relying on the probate court to fight it out.

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