Making a will often falls into the category of tasks many people put off indefinitely. After all, you have so many things to take care of right now, and focusing on what happens after your passing can feel somewhat morbid. However, no matter your age, drawing up a will should be on your list of priorities.
New Jersey's intestacy laws provide rules for distibuting proeprty in the absence of a will. Before distribution, the state deducts taxes, debts and exemptions from the estate. Any property you owned jointly with your spouse automatically goes to the spouse. Property such as an insurance policy, which comes with a designated beneficiary, goes to that beneficiary. If you leave a spouse but no parents or descendants, everything else goes to the spouse.