Preparing a Will and Testament is one of the best final acts a person can do for their family. Any time someone passes away without writing a Will their relatives have to make decisions they usually aren't prepared for.
Writing a Will and Testament isn't a difficult process and offers many benefits. First of all, the last Will lets a person have a final say in how their property is distributed. Without one, a probate judge has to abide by state law which requires property to be given to the surviving spouse or direct lineage heirs.
Secondly, the Will is needed to designate a probate personal representative to reconcile the estate. This position can be filled by anyone that is of legal age and never convicted of a felony offense. Personal representatives are responsible for all aspects of closing the estate.