Not everyone needs a will. But if you want to control what happens to your assets after you die, a will is a very simple way to ensure your wishes are granted regarding your property after your death.
If you do not have a will, Maine law will direct distribution of your assets using the Maine probate code. Under these rules, a surviving spouse and all descendants are entitled to shares of your estate. You may not want your property distributed in this manner.
If you die while living in Maine, with no surviving spouse, and no qualifying relatives to take your estate under the probate code rules, your estate becomes property of the state of Maine.
A properly prepared will ensures that you decide most of the distribution details of your estate.
You can also designate the people you want to serve as guardians to your minor children. A simple will can be created inexpensively and can easy memorialize your wishes and ensure your assets pass to the beneficiaries as intended by you.
When considering the details of a will, you should discuss the particulars of your own situation with a trusted attorney who can devise an estate plan that works for you.