A will or a last will and testament helps to protect your family and your property upon the time of your death. A will determines how you would have wanted your property distributed, and what you want to be done to any leftover property after your death. A will can be used to leave property to individuals or organizations, name a trusted person to manage property left to minor children, to name a personal guardian for minor children and/or to name an executor, and states who will carry out the terms of your will. In the State of Virginia, if you die without a will, the property is distributed according to intestacy laws. This means that your property is given to your closest relatives. If you don’t have a spouse or children, it will go to parents, grandchildren or in some cases, even distant relatives. A wills attorney can help you to successfully create a legally sound that will give you peace of mind regarding your property and assets at your die. This is the best case scenario because many people who die without a will can have their property distributed wholly outside of their wishes, whereby a will would have resolved those issues at the time of their death.