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LAW LOVER’S LOUNGE: “I don't have any stuff, I don't need a will, right?!”

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Our LAW LOVER'S LOUNGE™ series addresses a general overview of some of the most important issues to the general public! Attorney Courtney E. Anderson has owned a general practice law firm since 1998 in Texas, USA. A general practice attorney is similar to a general practice physician in that they address issues that do not require a specialist. They provide a primary level of legal services for commonly occurring legal issues and make referrals to specialists for more complex issues (appeals of cases, rare facts, unusual issues, etc.). We call this series its title because we do love law! Seriously.

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This episode is, “I don’t have any stuff, I don’t need a will, right?!”

I hate to break it to you, but in the US (and many other parts of the world), you already have a will (an automatic one that the government provides for everyone). If you do not create your own original will, the one that the government has already created for you will be used. That is called dying “intestate.” If you have no realatives that can be located under the government will, your stuff will go to the government ("escheat" to the crown or the state). This is rare but can happen.

If you want to decide who gets your stuff (and who does not get it), you have to make your own original will. Let’s discuss the reality of death and the reality of either choosing to keep the government will you already have or whether to create your own!

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