Due to laws changing constantly and the variety of circumstances generally surrounding wills and estates, we strongly recommend you seek legal advice from an attorney.
Generally, wills are probated, meaning the estate is legally divided, according to the details in the will, under a court's directions.
Unfortunately, if there is no will, the estate will be probated according to state law.
We realize this is not an easy subject to discuss. However, if you or your loved ones do not have a will, now is a good time to plan how you would like your estate to be divided. If you have a will, make sure it contains up-to-date information.