When a person dies without a will, his property is distributed according to a rigid and inflexible scheme set up by law- regardless of the specific wishes he may have had. Here is what happens if there is no will.
O'Bryne, John C. and Timmons, John F.
"If You Don't Have a Will,"
Iowa Farm Science: Vol. 15
, Article 4.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmscience/vol15/iss8/4