Wills are instruments that help you protect your family and your property after you die. To make a will in Florida, you must be at least 18 years old AND of sound mind. When making a will it is important to decide what property to include in the will, decide who will inherit what property, choose a personal representative (executor if you’re outside of FL) to handle the administration of your estate, choose a guardian for your children, choose someone to manage your children’s property, sign the will in front of 2 witnesses, have all parties present in the same room at the same time, and to store the will safely.
If you die without a will, you are deemed to have died “intestate” and your property passes through the state’s intestacy laws. The state’s transfers your property to a specified set of people, starting with the closest relatives. Without a will, your money and property can pass to relatives who you might not have a relationship with. If there are no relatives, distant or close, the property and money will pass to the State of Florida.