Many people think a will is expensive and they do not know how to go about it. If you do not, you could cost your family money, grief and maybe assets that could have been protected. Initially contact an attorney for a consultation let them know what you have, and what you don’t. The attorney will advise you on what is needed to protect your family, and will also advise you on what does not pass through a will and that shall be handled by contract outside the will. Elliot Raphaelson, Tribune Media Services Property that does pass through the will is individually owned assets without a named beneficiary. If you name a beneficiary with right of survivorship, those assets will not pass through a will. There are other reasons for a will however. If you have a future inheritance, a lawsuit pending or guardianship matters regarding minor children, you would want a will to establish those wishes in a will. Unless you know all of your assets have named beneficiary’s it is worth having a consultation to find out how to protect your loved ones. It may be that a Fort Lauderdale Family Law Attorney can advise you how to handle your assets without having a will, or to advise you on how a simple will may protect your assets and your family.