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What It Means To Die Without A Will: Intestate


A person who dies without a valid Will is said to die "intestate."

When a person dies intestate, the following occur:

  • Tthe laws of the state in which you live determine how your assets will be divided and to whom they will be given.
  • A judge determines who adminsters your estate.

Your desires are not binding.

To learn what would happen if you die intestate, complete the "Intestacy Calculator" at offsite link. It shows you who will receive what share of your assets. Use of the calculator is free. (The site also encourages you to use their forms to create your own Will for a fee. Before you do, we encourage you to read the information in our article: Wills 101).

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