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Three important things to remember about wills:

1. A will is a “naming document.” A will can name who will receive assets when the owner dies. A will can name an executor (or personal representative)-the person who will handle assets subject to the will, the debts. And, a will can name a guardian (for minor children).

2. A will impacts assets included in the “probate estate.” It has no impact on an asset for which a “probate-avoider” such as a beneficiary designation is in effect.

3. A will does not result in avoiding probate. In fact, wills are a central document in many probate proceedings.

A person who dies without a valid will is “intestate.” The intestate person has failed to name who will receive assets in his or her probate estate.