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A validly drawn and executed will determines who receives all of your probate assets (excludes life insurance, IRA’s, 401K’s and jointly owned assets) at your death. Almost all adults should have wills, and it is even more important to have one if you have children. Without a will, your probate assets will pass in accordance with the intestacy statues of the applicable state (the state of your domicile or where you have real property). To avoid unintended consequences of the intestacy statutes, you must have a will. The role of an attorney in the preparation of a will is to determine your estate planning objectives, and to prepare a will and other estate planning documents to help you attain your goal(s).