Having a will is becoming more and more important as the baby boomer generation nears retirement. It is important that you have a plan in place as to how your assets will be divided upon death. This is important as, while no one wishes to think of their own demise, if you pass away without a will your estate will be subject to California’s “intestate succession” laws and your assets may be divided in a way which is against your wishes. By having a will you reduce the potential for fighting amongst relatives and ensure that your affairs are settled in the way you desire. Our Santa Ana estate planning lawyers assist with the preparation of a last will and testament. Call today to speak with an attorney. We also service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Orange County lawyers preparing a final will for residents of Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and elsewhere
A will is a legal instrument which dictates how assets will be divided upon one’s death. If one dies with a will then their estate will go through the probate process. If one dies without a will, however, they will be considered to have died “intestate.” Intestate estates are divided according to a rank order of relatives that is predetermined by the state of California. By having a will a person can ensure that their assets are divided in a way that is consistent with their wishes.
There are several things to consider when preparing a will. First, it is important to ensure that all of our state’s legal requirements are followed. The failure to follow requirements, such as the need to have two witnesses sign the document, can result in your will being invalidated and your assets being divided through the intestate process. Second, it is important that the document be unambiguous, that property be clearly defined, and that there be no room for disagreement as to what your wishes were. A level of clarity can reduce potential infighting amongst relatives. Finally, it is important to consider the needs of the persons to whom you are leaving your assets. It is strongly suggested that you retain an attorney to assist with the process of preparing your will.
Our Orange County attorneys assist with the drafting of a last will and testament. We will use your initial consultation to determine the specifics of your situation. We will offer advice in regards to ramifications of how you divide your property. Our lawyers will ensure that all formalities are followed in creating the document, will retain a copy of it in our file, and will be available should you need to amend it at a later date. We understand the serious nature of planning your affairs – we will take the matter seriously. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
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Santa Ana attorneys providing quality service to those in need of a will or estate planning
Estate planning and preparing your will can be an overwhelming experience. Our Santa Ana attorneys strive to provide the highest level of service while you go through this process. We will quickly respond to your phone calls and emails and will ensure that we are available to answer your questions. You have enough to worry about in making sure that the future is secure; being able to reach your lawyer will not be another cause for concern.