Why do I Need an Attorney to Write my Will?

Why do I Need an Attorney to Write my Will?

Estate planning can feel overwhelming. After all, it can be hard to think about the future. But, having the help of an experienced attorney can make the process much easier. If you are creating a will in California, you will want to retain a skilled attorney who can help you create a comprehensive estate plan that meets your specific needs. Read on to learn more.

What is a Will?

A will may be the most important document you can create. Your will allows you to declare how you would like your assets to be divided amongst your loved ones in the event of your passing. In your will, you may include real estate, bank account, retirement plans, and other important assets. You can also include more sentimental items, such as photographs, letters, antiques, and more. Dying without a will is called dying “intestate.” This means that your assets will be distributed by the state of California. This can cause a great amount of stress for your family members during a time of mourning. Some people falsely believe that you only need a will if you are of a certain net worth. This is not the case. Anyone with any assets or property should create a will.

Can I Create One Online?

There are online templates that can help you create a will. While this can be tempting, it is generally a bad idea. Instead, you should speak with an experienced attorney. This is because if anything goes wrong with the creation or filing of your will, the document may be found invalid in the event of your passing. In order for your will to be valid, it must be created under the following circumstances:

  • The testator must be at least 18 years old
  • The will must be handwritten, dated, and signed by the testator
  • California Probate Law requires two witnesses to be present at the time of the signing
  • Both witnesses must sign an affidavit acknowledging the testator’s mental capacity

If you are interested in creating a will in California, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced estate planning attorney. We are here to walk you through the process each step of the way.

Contact our Firm

Working with an experienced estate planning attorney, such as Jaci Feldman of the Woodland Hills, California, Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman, will ensure that you are taken care of when you need it most. Do not delay. Estate planning is a more urgent matter than you may think. You never know what the future holds. Contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman to schedule a consultation today.

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