In this article, our Champaign County will attorneys reveal the process of creating a will that identifies the creator's wishes when they pass. A will is a legal document that sets forth the wishes of its creator (known as a “testator”) in the event of death. The purpose of a will is to be recognized by a probate court as the governing document for the management of the testator’s estate. Your will should provide for how you would like your assets distributed when you pass away. Be sure to account for contingencies, such as what happens if one of your named beneficiaries predeceases you.Your will should name an executor who will be responsible for collecting your assets and distributing them to creditors and beneficiaries according to the terms of your will. If you have minor children, be sure to name a guardian or a married couple to jointly serve as guardians should you be unable to care for your children due to disability or death.