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A Will is a document that controls the distribution upon death of assets that are owned by you at the time of your death.
In a Will you identify yourself and usually identify your immediate family.
A "personal representative" (also known as an "executor") is named. This is a person who will administer your property in a probate procedure. A probate may consist of filing an affidavit with a court (small probate) or the filing of a regular probate. Primarily, a personal representative distributes property as you have directed in your Will.
If you have minor children, you may designate a guardian for your children if your spouse is not living.
Tangible personal property, such as vehicles, jewelry, clothes, and furniture, are distributable according to a provision in the Will.
Then remaining property, primarily financial assets, are designated for distribution by the Will. Real property assets are usually held by a revocable trust and distributed according to the terms of the trust (see "Trusts").
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