What does dying “testate” or “intestate” mean?

'I'm making out my will. Is there anything you want me to leave to you, other than debt?'

If a person dies “testateit means the person made a valid will before he or she died.  The will would contain the instructions on how the deceased person wanted his assets to be shared amongst his loved ones.

If a person dies “intestateit means the person did NOT make a will before he or she died. When there is no will, the assets that were left behind by the deceased will be shared according to the rules set out in the Administration of Estates Act.

According to the Administration of Estates Act:
1. Where a person dies without a will and leaves a spouse and no children, his estate will be distributed solely to the spouse.
2. Where a person dies without a will and leaves children but no spouse, his estate will go to his children and be shared equally amongst them or if he leaves only one child the estate will go to that child.
3. Where a person dies without a will and leaves a spouse and one child, half of his estate will go to his spouse and the other half to his child.
4. Where a person dies without a will and leaves a spouse and more than one child, half of his estate will go to his spouse and the other half will go to his children and be shared equally amongst them.

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