What happens when one dies without a
First, when you die without a valid will, your property will
be distributed according to the laws of your state called
intestate succession laws. This means that the courts will
distribute your property according to the fixed and impersonal
formulas adopted by the legislature of your state. Many times,
the results are not what you would have wanted. For example, if
you are married and do not have children, your surviving spouse
may be required to share your property with your parents.
Secondly, without a valid will, you leave it up to the courts
and the social services to figure out who will care for your
minor children, and who will manage the property they will
inherit. Most parents want to prevent that from happening.
By making a valid will, you control what happens to your