It is often said that we all have a will. We either choose to create one or the Colorado laws of intestate succession apply to our estate.  Intestate succession is the statutory method of distributing an estate's assets that are not disposed of by a will.  Property may pass by intestate succession where: the decedent dies without a will, the decedent's will is denied probate due to improper execution, or the decedent's will does not dispose of all of his property resulting in a partial intestacy (usually because the will contains no residuary clause).  If a person dies without a valid will (intestate) their survivors will face a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive legal process.  With an intestate estate, the probate court must step in to divide up the estate using legal defaults that give property to surviving relatives. Therefore, intestacy may mean that people who would never have been chosen to receive property will in fact be entitled to a portion of the estate. Additionally, state intestacy laws only recognize relatives, so close friends or charities that the deceased favored do not receive anything. If no relatives are found, the estate goes to the state government. Be proactive in protecting your family and don't leave your estate to chance. To create your will today go to