It is a very good idea to have a will done.  Having a will in place is a truly altruistic act.  Wills are for the benefit of loved ones you leave behind.  The intestacy laws in South Carolina dictate how property is to pass upon one's death. The problem with this is that you may not want your worldly possessions to pass in the same way that the laws of intestacy dictate.  Also, it may be important to make it known who you believe should care for minor children or incompetent adults in your care when you pass.  It is often wise to have other important estate planning documents prepared along with your will.  These include a Living Will, Durable General Power of Attorney, and a Health Care Power of Attorney.  These important documents provide for things such as whether you want to be artificially kept alive and who should manage your financial affairs if you become incapacitated and unable to make these decisions yourself. Wills and these other important documents should be drafted carefully in order to avoid unintended consequences.