There’s a popular “game” known as “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.” Part of what people call “Bacon’s Law,” the goal of this game is to try and find how an actor or individual is linked to famous actor, Kevin Bacon. The game merely seeks to identify how closely related an individual is to the Footloose star.

When it comes to probate court however, there is something called “laws of intestacy.” This statute is applied in the court if an individual passes away with no will. Under the statute, the government chooses who receives assets from the estate – not you. Who qualifies under the laws of intestacy? How is it determined? Who gets what?

Darren Findling answers all these questions and more: