Originally Posted by calmloki
When my Mom died someone told me as long as there were no problems; no bickering relatives; there were no trust police. If someone died and you passed out the assets of the deceased and nobody kicked up a fuss then there weren't going to be any repercussions.
All well and good but it doesn't make sure your assets are distributed as you would like them to be. And, if there is a contest the state's formula will be applied. Doesn't matter if that is what you would have done anyway but what if you are estranged from your living father and wanted all the booty to go to your wife? She might discover that you are funding pop's binge drinking or whatever.