If a legal title owner dies without a valid will, or if her will doesn’t dispose of some property that she owned, state law directs who gets the property. Someone who dies without a will is said to dieintestate.
The person herself may be referred to as the intestate. So the statutory distribution of such a person’s property is called intestate succession. People who receive property by intestate succession are referred to as heirs.The intestate’s property that doesn’t go to a surviving spouse is distributed in the following order: