If you die a resident of the New York State without a Will, your property will pass as directed by New York law. If you own certain property, such as real estate, located in another state or country and you have no Will, the laws of that jurisdiction will govern any such property. Laws regarding heirship can be confusing. Having a clear and concise Will that leaves your property to named beneficiaries will make it easier and more cost effective to administer your estate.