When an individual dies without a valid last will and testament, the individual’s estate is distributed in accordance with a state’s law of intestate succession (i.e., the estate will be distributed to the decedent’s heirs). Intestacy is usually referred to as “dying intestate,” “intestate estate,” or “intestate succession.” In probate, administration of the estate of a person without a will is handled by an administrator.

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Reference: Intestacy