Once upon a time there was a dog who lived in a great junkyard. This junkyard had everything—broken furniture, old cars, and plenty of scratched up couch cushions. There were shady spots and sunny spots, and high spots and low spots. There were places where water collected for a convenient sip, and a vast infestation of tasty rodents. It was everything a dog could want…and a cat’s paradise.
In fact, there was a cat who coveted the junkyard and wanted it very badly for himself. He had tried to sneak in, but the dog always told him, “No trespassing!” in no uncertain barks. So the cat decided to wait it out. Reasoning that cats have more lives than dogs, he figured he would get the junkyard when the dog died.
Sure enough, one day the dog succumbed to his mortality. The cat packed his bags and was all ready to move into the junkyard, but when he got there, a large puppy had already taken up residence.
“Who are you?” asked the cat.
“Heir of the dog,” answered the puppy.
“But the dog had no will,” said the cat. “How can you possibly be his heir?”
At that point, the puppy became impatient and began to play. Before the cat could receive a satisfactory explanation, the young dog had chased him so far away that it would have taken all nine of his lives to ever get back to the junkyard.
The moral of the cat’s tale is to know what Intestate Will is.
If you pass away without a will, the State has one for you; it is called an Intestate Will. Without a will, the State runs up and down your family tree until they find an appropriate heir. In the absence of a spouse or descendant, property can pass to a parent or sibling. If there is none of the above, then a person who is a grandparent, aunt, uncle or first cousin may become a beneficiary.