After you die, your will is your voice. Your will is a legal document that allows you to express how you want your personal property distributed after your death. It lets you express who will take care of your children and who you want to be the distributor of your will. With a will, you can provide for your coin collection, your pet, your great grandmother’s ring and anything else of yours that you want someone to have.
Everyone should have a will. Without a will, the state where your
property is located is in charge of determining the way your property is
distributed regardless of your wishes. If you want to have a say about
the property you leave behind, you must have a will to control what
happens in your affairs after your death. You can have a will drawn up
in your attorney’s office, or you can simply go online and design your
own. You can learn more about how to create your will online at
If you die without a will and don’t have children, any property you have
goes to your parents. If your parents have already passed away, your
property goes to your siblings. This is the case even if you haven’t
talked to your siblings in years. Your spouse might get a smaller
portion of your belongings that the law puts aside for him or her, but
without a will, spouses and domestic partners can be left with nothing
much at all. In some instances, a spouse can lose their home if you die
without a will.
When you don’t have a will, you close the door to any friends inheriting
anything from you regardless of how close they are. You won’t be able
to leave money to your favorite cause, charity or church. The state
makes the decision about who takes care of your kids. Basically, what
you want, think or hoped would happen after you die is completely
discounted when you don’t have a will in place. The decision-making
process is done without you.
Another advantage of a will is that you can assign an “executor” to take
care of all your personal affairs. This should be someone you trust
completely as they are the person who goes to probate court with your
will. Probate court determines if the will is valid and if it complies
with the laws in your state. If the will is valid, it is probated.
This means everything you wanted to happen will take place according to
your instructions. The court gives the person you chose the right to
handle your will under the court’s supervision.
When you have a will, you can rest assured that your wishes come true, and you can then rest in peace.