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The condition or state of leaving a valid will at one's death to direct the distribution of one's estate.


n. dying with a will (a testament). It is compared to "intestacy," which is dying without a will. (See: intestacy)

TESTACY. The state or condition of dying after making a will, which was valid at the time of testator's death.

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Gregory deals here with issues of testacy and intestacy.
253, 253 (1964) (stating that "[i]t is safe to sum up that, from beginning to end, intestacy was the rule and testacy the exception, and both very much so").
For it is on this basis that the personal rights of the party, that is to say, the law which determines his majority or minority, his marriage, succession, testacy, or intestacy, must depend.