Why Do I need a Will? I Don't Own Anything.
Many people die thinking that they don't have anything. Actually, you do have something. You may have a home, a car, a trailer and a tractor, or other property. You may also have life insurance for which the beneficiary is your "estate".
Dying Without a Will Means that Alabama Law Decides Who Gets Your Property.For example, Alabama law provides that when a spouse dies without a Will and no children, the surviving spouse shares all property with his/her parents, 50/50. This is true even if you have no relationship with your parents and they've been out of your life for years.
If asked, most people say that under these circumstances they want their spouse to inherit all of their property, but that's not what will happen.
How Do My Heirs Handle My Estate If I Don't Have A Will?Your next of kin will hire an attorney and file a petition to administer your estate. This is almost always more expensive than probating a Will. Your next of kin and his/her lawyer will have to explain to the other heirs why they do or don't get anything from your estate. Very those who remain alive have arguments and disagreements about what you "wanted to happen" when you died. The lawyer will have to get hearings set on issues that wouldn't be a problem if there were a Will. Some, if not most of these issues can be settled if your Will is properly written.