“Where there’s no will, there’s no say”
Approximately 60% of Americans are said to die “intestate”.1 Simply put, this means that the deceased individual (i.e. the “decedent”) did not create a legally valid and enforceable will during his or her lifetime. Nevertheless, the decedent’s estate must be distributed in some manner. In general, most state intestacy laws favor a decedent’s spouse first, then children, followed by parents, and more remote relatives.
Tennessee Intestacy Laws