|A Will is a formal and legal statement of your last wishes regarding your property and children. There is an old saying that "if you do not write a will, the government will be happy to write one for you." That means that a person without a Will will have their property distributed and children delivered in a manner devised by statute without regard to your wishes. A Will allows you to designate who will receive the property you own upon death and how that property will be received. Property can be received directly or can be kept in trust for the benefit of your heirs. A Will also designates the person who will be in charge of your probate estate, who will be the guardian of your minor children and who will manage any trust established by your Will.
Without a Will, the laws of "intestacy" dictate the distribution of your assets. That means that the state determines who receives what.