Meaning of intestate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈtɛsteɪt/

Translate intestate into Spanish


  • Not having made a will before one dies.

    ‘he died intestate’
    • ‘The Public Trustee knows of countless stories where the wrong people end up with the money because someone dies intestate (without a will).’
    • ‘He had died intestate and alone leaving £9m, and a tangled relationship with his family.’
    • ‘The Curator could also be called upon to administer, manage and discharge the debts and liabilities of any person presumed dead, intestate or if their will could not be located.’
    • ‘Secondly, there are rules determining how an estate is to be distributed where the deceased died intestate.’
    • ‘The winding up of the estate is usually delayed when a person dies intestate, as no Executor is nominated and the Master of the High Court needs to follow certain procedures in the appointment of an Executor.’
    • ‘In most cases, it is the intestate heirs - those that stand to inherit if the will were to be overturned and the decedent were to be treated as if he died intestate - that have standing.’
    • ‘In Spain, for example, dying intestate would oblige you to leave at least two-thirds of your property to your children - and if you have remarried or have a partner to whom you are not married, this could create difficulties.’
    • ‘In 1994 in the New Territories, lineage leaders complained about urban and colonialist meddling when the government decided to let women inherit land when the deceased had no sons and died intestate.’
    • ‘If you die intestate, the Succession Act provides that your spouse is entitled to your entire estate if there are no children.’
    • ‘If you die intestate - without making a will - the intestacy laws decide how your money is shared out in England and Wales.’
    • ‘One thing that started to bother me was the realisation that I had made no will: I had the idea that for me to die intestate would cause all sorts of horrible complications for my wife.’
    • ‘The problems that dying intestate can cause are vast and it can take a long time to sort out.’
    • ‘If your daughter were to die intestate, or without a valid will being in place, this would create difficulties in settling her estate.’
    • ‘If you die intestate - without having made a will - the Succession Act provides that your spouse is entitled to your entire estate if there are no children.’
    • ‘A will can help you avoid the pitfalls of dying intestate; however, even if you have a will, your assets will still be subjected to the timely and costly probate process (court involvement).’
    • ‘We looked at the issues around bestowing property on another party, when people die intestate.’
    • ‘Having inherited some money from her beloved father, she was horrified to find out who it would go to if she died intestate.’
    • ‘Although plagued by gout, he did not anticipate his early death and died intestate in May 1781.’
    • ‘They do not have an automatic right to a share in Peter's estate unless he dies intestate.’
    • ‘Currently under English law if you die intestate (ie without a will) your estate (all of your property) will pass to those whom the law thinks should get it.’


  • A person who has died without having made a will.

    ‘And the observation applies equally to a share of the residue of an intestate's estate.’
    • ‘A personal representative has an action of account as the testator or intestate might have had if he or she had lived.’


Late Middle English from Latin intestatus, from in- ‘not’ + testatus ‘testified, witness’ (see testate).