Nowadays, most tasks can be completed online. The same is true for estate planning. A quick google search will lead to plenty of DIY estate planning templates and services to help you write your own will. However, it is important to understand that this method can lead to a lot of trouble down the line. Read on to learn more about the dangers of writing a will on your own.
What is a will?
The first thing to understand is what a will is and why it is so important. A will is a legal document that declares how your assets should be divided in the event of your passing. You will help ensure that your loved ones are cared for. When someone passes away without a will, it is known as “dying intestate.” This means that your assets will be obtained by the state of California and distributed by the state, rather than according to your wishes or plans.
Can I write a will on my own?
Technically, you can write a will on your own, however, this is not a good idea. A will is one of, if not the most, important legal documents you can create. As a result, it is must meet certain requirements in order to be considered valid in a court of law. If these requirements are not met, your will can be deemed invalid.
What makes a will valid?
In order to write a valid will in California:
- The testator must be at least 18 years old and of “sound mind and memory”
- The testator must either sign the will themselves or another person must sign the testator’s name at their direction and in their presence
- At least two people must witness the signature and sign their names on the will within 30 days of each other
- At some point during the will’s execution and attestation, the testator must tell each witness that the document is their will
If you are beginning the estate planning process, it is important to work with an experienced estate planning attorney. Our firm is here to help you create a comprehensive and cohesive estate plan. We will help ensure that you and your loved ones feel secure. Reach out today to discuss your plans with a dedicated attorney.
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