Intestate succession are laws that govern the process of distributing a deceased person's Assets if they did not have a valid Will created at the time of their death.
This situation is known as having died Intestate, the laws of the state or country where the deceased person lived will determine who is entitled to their property and assets, rather than their own instructions.
Intestate succession laws vary by state, but in general they provide a prioritized framework for distributing the deceased person's assets to their Next of Kin or other heirs.
Typically prioritized are close Survived Family members, such as spouses, children, and parents.
In cases of intestacy, state or county Probate Court will appoint an Administrator to Settle the Estate and ensure the deceased's debts are paid before assets are distributed.
This is in contrast to when a person dies with a legally valid will, known as Testacy.