Will Preparation in Alhambra, California

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In Alhambra, California, many of the issues that sometimes come with a will, such as would-be beneficiaries challenging its validity, or devises which don't make it clear who gets what (resulting in costly and time-consuming litigation) can be avoided if the will is well-drafted in the first place.

The process of drafting and executing a will can be very simple with the average estate which has only a moderate amount of assets held in only a few locations (a couple bank accounts, a house, maybe a stock portfolio). This is also true if the decedent simply wants to give their property to a few immediate family members, without setting up a complex trust arrangement.

But even if the will is relatively simple, some preventable problems can derail the process. An experienced lawyer in Alhambra, California who specializes in wills and estate planning can help make sure that this doesn't happen to your will.

With most wills, certain formalities have to be followed in the drafting process or will preparation, or else the will might not be valid. In general, these formalities exist with the goal of making fraud more difficult. The requirements for a will to be valid are pretty simple, but it's still possible to make mistakes in attempting to follow them. Most vitally, you should know that a will must contain a provision stating that the person making it is of sound mind, and actually intends the document to be a will. Also, the laws of most states require that wills be witnessed and signed by at least 2 neutral parties.

Holographic Wills in Alhambra, California

If you need to make a will quickly, some states allow you to write a "holographic will." This is simply a will which the testator hand-writes. These types of wills don't need to be witnessed.

A holographic will, where they are allowed, will generally be interpreted liberally, to give effect to the testator's intent if at all possible.

You should be aware that not all states recognize holographic wills. In such states, you can of course still handwrite your will if you want. But for the will to be valid, it has to be accompanied by all the formalities (including witnesses) needed for any other will.

If they are allowed in your states, a holographic will can be a good option, in some cases. If you do not have a large amount of money and property that you want to pass on, and your devises are going to be very simple (regular gifts to just a few people), a holographic will can suffice. However, you should seek the advice of a lawyer beforehand, and know that it is almost always a better option to have a will accompanied by all the required formalities.

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How Can A Alhambra, California Lawyer Help?

Because there are certain formalities which must be followed in drafting wills, it's always a good idea to seek the help of a Alhambra, California attorney in drafting your will. Even if your will is going to be very simple, and you have the formalities all figured out, mistakes can be made.

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Life in Alhambra

Alhambra, California is a city in the San Gabriel Valley region of Los Angeles County, California. Its population is currently about 83,000 people. 

Alhambra, California is known for "The Hat" - one of its major local landmarks - it is a restaurant with a very strong cult following, and has developed into a region Southern California chain, providing a significant boost to the local economy. 

The largest employers in Alhambra, California are in the education, government, and healthcare, and energy industries. The power company Southern California Edison is one of the largest employers in the area.

Because of its diversified economy, Alhambra, California's lawyers are well versed in many different practice areas, from complicated business litigation, down to comparatively simple consumer and family legal issues.

So, if you're looking for legal advice, and live in or around Alhambra, California, you can be almost certain that there's an Alhambra, California attorney who can help you.



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