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What Does Intestate Mean?

Intestate is the legal term for dying without a will. If there are any assets that must be distributed and there is no will, a probate court will likely administer the distribution of property and assets held in the deceased person’s name. However, there are many exceptions to this. San Jose Intestate Attorney Linda J. MacKay has answers to all of your questions related to intestate in California. While an estate plan can avoid many of the issues related to intestate, the fact is that many people do not create wills and trusts prior to their passing. If you are related to someone who has died intestate, you may have many questions and concerns. You have a legal ally in San Jose Intestate Attorney Linda J. MacKay. You may be facing the prospect of probate or you may be confronted with other legal complexities.

If a person has died intestate, their property and assets may not be handled by the probate court in certain circumstances including:

  • The deceased is a survived by a spouse and community property makes up for the entirety of their estate
  • Property held by the deceased is held in joint tenancy
  • The deceased had no will but did have a living trust

In California, when the deceased is intestate, distribution of assets can be very complex. In other cases it may be very straightforward. A variety of factors influence how your situation will be resolved.​

To get a thorough analysis of your family’s situation related to intestate distribution of assets and property, contact an experienced intestate attorney. Contact San Jose Intestate Attorney Linda J. MacKay by phone at 408-379-9600 or by filling out this short form.

San Jose Intestate Attorney Linda J. MacKay

For more than 20 years, Linda J. MacKay has been guiding clients through all facets of the estate planning process. This includes assisting families and guardians with the distribution of assets when an individual is intestate at the time of death.

Whether through the creation of wills and trusts, assisting with the probate process or guiding families who have lost a loved one without an estate plan, San Jose Intestate Attorney Linda J. MacKay has assisted clients through even the most complex cases.

Your estate is unique. Your situation is complex. Contact an attorney who has the experience to address your concerns and offer experienced-based guidance. Contact the Law Offices of Linda J. MacKay.

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Law Offices of Linda J. MacKay
1361 S. Winchester Blvd. Suite 210
San Jose, CA 95128

The Law Offices of Linda J. MacKay serves the cities of San Jose, Santa Clara, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Stanford, Fremont, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, as well as as greater Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.