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What can happen if you fail to create a will?

On Behalf of | Dec 19, 2022 | Wills

Nobody knows when their last day on this earth will be. For that reason, planning ahead of the inevitable is essential.

You may feel like you do not have a need for a will, but even if you have few assets, a will can be incredibly beneficial. There is a range of issues that can come up when you die without having this important estate planning document.

State control

One of the biggest issues with not leaving a will is that the state does not know your wishes. Family members may say they know what you wanted, but the law will not allow them to dictate what happens. The law will determine who gets what, and the court has the final say, even if it does not follow what you would have liked.

Family arguments

Since the court will have to follow state law when dividing your property, it may create issues within your family. Situations like this can have a lasting impact on the family moving forward. Relationships can suffer harm that takes years to fix or leads to lifelong fractures in the family.

With arguments among the family, it can lead to hurt feelings that tarnish your legacy. Your family may end up mad at you, and you will be gone, so there is no way to fix this.

The bottom line is creating a will is less of a hassle than not creating one. You likely already have 95% of the process worked out. You only need to handle the legal aspects of making the will valid.