Should you pass away without a will you are considered ‘intestate‘.
This means your assets are distributed amongst your surviving relatives in accordance with the Succession Act 2006. The distribution depends on many factors including your marital status, whether you were a parent and your other living relatives.
Ultimately the Court and state laws decide who will receive priority over your assets along with guardianship of children and pets.
Having a will allows you to protect your estate against this situation. You will be able to guarantee your most valued possessions are handed down according to your wishes and instructions.