In a 2007 poll conducted for Lawyers.com, Harris Interactive found that 55 percent of the adults surveyed didn't have a will. Reasons given included:
Not wanting to think about dying.
Not knowing where to start or who to talk to about setting up an estate plan.
Not believing they had enough assets to need one.
Estate planning isn't only for the wealthy. Anyone who has something of value that they want to pass on to family members or loved ones at their death needs a plan to make it happen in accordance with their wishes. Estate planning isn't the most pleasant of topics to contemplate, but people without a will are leaving it up to the state to decide what happens to their assets, and maybe even their children, if they should pass away.