A will allows you, instead of state law, to decide who will receive your assets when you die. If a will does not exist, then the assets are distributed as required by the California Probate Code. This usually means that the laws of intestate succession will apply and your nearest relatives will inherit the estate.
A will is an important vehicle of transfer at death. It is a set of written instructions prepared under legal rules that direct how a person’s property will be disposed of at death. The will is used to designate heirs, identify the property they are to receive, indicate the person who will act as executor of the estate and clarify similar details.