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Definition of Intestate in Real Context as a Legal Term

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Definition of Intestate with images for advanced ESL learners with illustrations, synonyms and antonyms and text-to-speech

/ɪnˈtes.teɪt/ (adj & noun)


Adjective: relating to a person who has passed away or died without leaving any will or instructions on who should receive his property as the beneficiary, without a will, unpresented, unheard

Noun: an intestate person


When a person dies intestate or without leaving a valid will, their property (the estate) must be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the rules of intestacy. A person who dies without leaving a will is called an intestate person.

Example: Tom and Heather are married and own their flat jointly as beneficial joint tenants. They have a child called Selma. Tom dies intestate leaving the jointly-owned flat worth £300,000, and £50,000 in shares in his own name. The flat goes automatically to Heather. This leaves an of £50,000 which also goes to Heather, as it is worth less than £270,000. Selma inherits nothing.

Source of example: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Parts of speech

Noun: intestacy

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