Today you learn about revocable living trusts and testamentary trusts, and how in some cases these might work better than a regular will. But you don't know where to find wild fiddlehead ferns or sea grapes on this southeastern coast. Intestate means if you die without a will, the court may step in to oversee the distribution of your assets. Usually, when you break bread with others, it means they can be trusted. Long ago, emperors hired people to taste of each dish brought before them, in case their enemies slipped poisons into the broth or the bellies of roasted quail. The history books don't say if those who took the hit had prepared their affairs in advance, or whether they were able to croak their last instructions before choking on a shrimp or a spear of melon and expiring on the floor.