What doesi ntestacy mean?

And what is a ‘succession’?

Asked on May 27, 2017 under Estate Planning, Connecticut


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If you do not make a Will, then you'll die "intestate". Typically a Will determines what happens to the assets or the "estate" of the deceased. When someone dies without a will, their estate passes through "succession" to their heirs. The succession or intestacy statutes of the state in which a person is domiciled a their death controls just who the rightful heirs are.

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