Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    From one who has died leaving no will. See 2 Bl. Comm. 490, 516.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. In the civil law. From an intestate; from the intestate; in case of intestacy. Hœreditas ab intestato, an inheritance derived from an intestate. Inst 2, 9, 6. Successio ab intestato, succession to an intestate or in case of intestacy. Id. 3, 2, 3; Dig. 38, 6, 1. This answers to the descent or iuberitance of real estate at common law. 2 Bl. Comm. 490, 516; Story, Confl. Laws, § 480. "Heir ab intestato." 1 Burr. 420. The phrase "ab intestato" is generally used as the opposite or alternative of ex testamento, (from, by or under a will.) Vel ex testamento, vel ab intestato [7iæred-itates] pertinent,—inheritances are derived either from a will or from an intestate, (one who dies without a will.) Inst. 2, 9, 6; Dig. 29, 4; Cod. 6, 14, 2.