If you ever wondered what happens to Texas properties when the owner dies without a will, Robert J. Reagan, Esq. gives a synopsis of Texas intestacy law. “Intestate” means dying without having made a valid will. Without a will, Texas intestacy rules generally follow the common law of England. But the dower right does not because of the community property system that Texas inherited from Mexico, and because of the homestead occupancy right. Click here to read this article.