Without a will, life can become difficult for your heirs, who are already struggling with a loss. Without a will, your family will have to struggle more to honor your unknown wishes. Without a will, a California Probate Court may have to become involved to determine how your assets are distributed after you die.
The decisions of a California probate court judge may not create the best outcome for you and can sometimes produce a result which is the opposite of your intentions.
In the absence of a will, children may be left without a legal guardian to care for them. Unless you specify someone in your will, the probate court will appoint someone who may not be the ideal choice.
How does the presence of a will change any of this? It addresses the above problems by documenting your intentions. Your Last Will and Testament gives you control over property beyond your lifetime and arranges to take care of those still living.
The complications that arise from the absence of a will are by themselves a strong enough case for having one. Because it is so important, it is worthwhile to fully understand what a will can do for you — and what it is.