No. Persons dying without a will are said to be “intestate.” Their estate is administered in substantially the same way as those of persons who die leaving wills. In such cases, state statutes prescribe how the estate will be distributed.
Property and rights to property owned by the decedent not passing to another at death by operation of law or by contractual arrangement.
The person appointed by the court to administer the estate. If there is no will, all of the persons entitled to inherit from the decedent have a co-equal right to administer. If there is a will, the decedent usually designates persons or a person to be appointed as...
It doesn’t. Neither does it affect designations of beneficiaries in life insurance policies, pay-on-death designations, and other contractual arrangements for disposition of property at death. Those assets become the property of the designated payee.
The court supervised process of collecting the assets of a decedent, paying his debts, and distributing his assets to his heirs at law or to the beneficiaries of his will.