(law) A person who dies without making a valid will.
Origin of intestate
Middle English from Old French intestatfrom Latin intestātusin-notin–1testātustestatefrompast participle oftestārīto make a willtestament
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latinintestātus, from in- (“not”) + testātus (“testate”).
Intestate Sentence Examples
If the intestate leaves issue but no husband or wife, the issue takes the whole.
When a husband or a wife dies intestate one-half of the property of the deceased goes to the survivor; if there are no children or descendants of any child three-fourths of it goes to the survivor; if there are no children or descendants of any child and the estate does not exceed $10,000 the whole of it goes to the survivor.
(1) The taking away of all matrimonial, testamentary and ab intestate jurisdiction by 20 & 21 Vict.
If the husband dies intestate, leaving no descendants and no paternal or maternal kindred, the whole of his estate goes to his widow absolutely.
They are very bulky, and with the exception of a few, particularly the 116th and 118th, which introduce the most sweeping and laudable reforms into the law of intestate succession, are much more interesting, as supplying materials for the history of the time, social, economical and ecclesiastical, than in respect of any purely legal merits.