If you die without a trust in place and leave all of your assets to your minor child, that child’s surviving parent will be able to manage the entire estate on behalf of the child. If you die while happily married, there is no issue. However, if you die while divorced, your ex-spouse will end up with ALL of your assets. The only way to prevent this from occurring is to set up a Separate Share Trust for your child, to be funded by your Living Trust at the time of your death. Don’t leave everything to your ex; leave it to your child. Get a trust in place immediately.