Preparing for the future is an important part of life. Though the idea may be overwhelming, developing a complete estate plan can help you secure your goals for the future of your estate and help your family focus on healing after you pass. A will may be the most important testamentary document one can execute. It will help you develop clear instructions for your estate and establish the person who will carry out your wishes, your executor. A will is important for everyone. Whether you are a person of means or one who lives a modest lifestyle, a will can help you pass on your possessions according to your vision and not by the guidelines of California when a person dies intestate. The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman helps clients from all walks of life through these tough topics and compassionately guides them towards enforceable estate plans designed to meet their specific goals and personal needs. To schedule a consultation with a Woodland Hills will attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman.
Why is a Will Important in California?
Drafting a will should be something everyone does. Your will can declare your wishes for your estate. A person who dies with a will dies “testate.” A person who doesn’t have a will dies “intestate.” A will helps a person pass assets to heirs and loved ones while avoiding family stress during tough times. Some of the many assets that can be passed include bank accounts, real estate, securities, and personal belongings. Even the smallest items can be included in the document. Preparing for the future can be a relief to you and the family you may leave behind. It is our job to give you the peace of mind you and your family deserve and need.
Do I Need an Attorney to Write my Will?
The short answer to this question is no, you do not need an attorney to draft your will. However, the longer, albeit more realistic answer is yes, you absolutely need an attorney to help you write your will. The truth is that there are various online will-writing kits available, and furthermore, a lot of them are even free. Of course, we understand why you may be tempted to simply use one of these kits and save some time, as well as money. Unfortunately, all too often, people will decide to “go it alone,” only to later find that doing so was one of the worst decisions they ever made. Anyone with any knowledge regarding estate law will tell you that it is absolutely in your best interest to hire an experienced attorney to help you draft your will.
When you create a will on your own, you open yourself up to a wide array of potential legal pitfalls, all of which may drastically affect what happens with your assets when you finally pass on. Even the slightest misphrase can completely alter the outcome of your will, and it may hurt your family greatly in the long run. That is why, at the end of the day, it is best to hire an attorney to guide you through the estate planning process so you can ensure you are doing everything by the book. The bottom line is that the fee you pay now just may be a very small price to pay compared to what you could lose by neglecting to hire an attorney. We know that meeting with an attorney is not necessarily something you want to do in your spare time, which is why here at the Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman, we work to make the process as quick and painless as possible. We pride ourselves in efficiency, knowledge of the law, and years of working in the field.
What Makes a Will Valid in California?
According to California Probate Code Section 6110, a valid will should be signed by the testator, in the name of the testator by another person in the testator’s presence and provided with the authority, or by a conservator pursuant to a court order to make a will. A formal/attested will must satisfy the various requirements described below.
- The will must be in writing.
- The will must be known to be a will.
- The will must be witnessed by two people.
- The witnesses must know they are at a will signing by hearing the testator proclaim this fact.
Once you have drafted a valid will, it can be filed and probated. It is important to draft and execute a durable will that can avoid the stress to the family and the possibility of litigation after your passing.
A Will As Starting Point
A will is a good starting point but is often not enough to fully address your concerns and the needs of those who depend on you. That is why it is so critical that no matter your circumstances, and no matter the stage of life you are in, it is so critical that you meet with an experienced California estate planning attorney who has what it takes to help you navigate through every aspect of the estate planning process. There are various facets to the estate planning process, including trusts, guardianships, and more. Though this may seem like a lot, the truth is, a knowledgeable estate planning attorney at your side can make all the difference in the world. Our firm has helped countless individuals throughout the state of California for years, and we know we have what it takes to do the same for you, too.
Contact A Will Attorney at The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman
Having the right attorney that can develop the tailored estate plan you need can mean a world of difference. At The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman, we listen to you and help you achieve your goals in a comfortable and welcoming environment. While we appreciate how hard it is to discuss what happens after you are gone, our firm is here to compassionately guide you. If you need our help, contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman for a consultation.