What happens if you die without a valid will?

If you die in Queensland without a will the state deems you to have died ‘intestate’.

Queensland intestate laws govern the distribution of your estate among next of kin, including your spouse and children, some provisions (in the absence of next of kin) also include parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. Relatives any more remote than first cousins are not included, most notable exceptions include in-laws (parents, brothers, sisters) and step-parents.

To ensure that the distribution of your estate is most in line with your wishes is to write an up to date and valid will.