A will is a legal document that sets forth wishes regarding the distribution of assets and appoint guardians for the care of minor children. If there is no will, those wishes may not be carried out. Further, heirs may be forced to spend additional time, money, and emotional energy to settle the estate. At death, property in the deceased’s name must pass through probate court before it can be distributed to the beneficiaries. If there is no will at time of death, the state law will determine the dispensation of assets and the appointment of a representative to look after the interests of any minor children.