A will works with your living trust, or alone, to ensure your assets are distributed to the beneficiaries you have chosen. If you do not require a trust, the will is the document that will specify how your estate is to be distributed. If your estate plan does include a living trust, then the will (called a pour-over will) ensures all your assets will be distributed according to the plan laid out in your trust document, even those assets not titled in the name of your trust.

If you are the parent of minor children, you will also use the will to nominate your chosen guardians for those children in the event of the death of both parents.