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A will is important. My friend had an uncle who lived like a pauper. Everyone in the family thought he was pennyless. When he passed on without a will, the public administrator discovered that he had over $5 million hidden away overseas!!
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A will of the person's estate is not needed, but, quite possibly, recommended. 
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If your family member does not have any assets or money, then they may not need one. Many states have procedures for small estates under a certain threshold dollar amount that don't require probate court. Each state is different. You might try posting your question on Avvo.com where attorneys answer simple questions like this one, sort of like a message board. Its a rather general question you can ask without divulging too much personal information.
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I'd consult with an attorney about options that are best for you. Some people want to avoid probate. There are factors to consider though. I'd consult with an attorney about what you should consider in making your plans.
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Morton, unless that family member has items of sentimental value that the family would want.... a Will stating who gets what would help eliminate any confusion. One can also put in the Will where will be that person's final resting place and if they already have a plot. A hand written document [no Will] can do the same only if the family is the type that is very agreeable.
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Of course not.

The will simply tells probate court how assets are to be divided....with no assets.......what would be written in the will?
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