If you die without a will (“intestate”), your assets will be distributed according to state law. One of the disadvantages of not having a will is that your assets may be distributed to relatives from whom you are estranged or otherwise would not like to receive any part of your estate. In addition, if you have minor children at the time of your death, the probate court most likely will appoint a relative to raise them. The court may select a relative that would not be acceptable to you, so it is particularly important to have a will where children are involved.
If you have any questions related to wills in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.