What is INTESTATE?

Without making a will. A person is said to die intestate when he dies without making a will, or dies without leaving anything to testify what his wishes were with respect to the disposal of his property after his death. The word is also often used to signify the person himself. Thus, in speaking of the property of a person who died intestate, it is common to say "the intestate's property;" i. e., the property of the person dying in an intestate condition. Brown. See In re Cameron's Estate, 47 App. Div. 120, 02 N. Y. Supp. 187; Messmann v. Egenherger, 40 App. Div. 40, 01 N. Y. Supp. 550; Code Civ. Proc. N. Y. 1880,

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