Will Preparation in Cupertino, California

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In Cupertino, California, many of the pitfalls 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.

Drafting a will doesn't need to be a difficult or especially expensive process. If you have a small to moderate amount of assets (limited to a home, a car, and a few bank/investment accounts), and don't need to set up trusts or anything similar, you can probably have a will written in just a couple days, for a relatively small fee.

However even with "simple" wills, some easily-avoidable problems come up more commonly than they need to. A seasoned Cupertino, California attorney can help you avoid these problems with careful will preparation.

With most wills, certain formalities have to be followed in the drafting process or will preparation, or else the will might not be legitimate. In general, these formalities exist with the goal of making fraud more challenging. 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 notably, you should know that a will must contain a provision stating that the person making it is of sound mind, and really intends the document to be a will. Furthermore, the laws of most states require that wills be witnessed and signed by at least 2 neutral parties.

Holographic Wills in Cupertino, California

In some states, testators are authorized to make "holographic wills." This is a will which the testator hand-writes, in his or her own handwriting. Such wills do not need to have any witnesses to be given effect.

Assuming that a holographic will is valid in your state, a court will probably interpret it very liberally, acknowledging the fact that it likely wasn't written by a lawyer. This is to make it much easier to really give your wishes effect.

You should know, however, that holographic wills aren't recognized in many states. If you live in one of these states, you're still free to hand write your will, but, in order to be valid, it must be accompanied by all the formalities necessary by the laws of the state it is made in.

If your state recognizes them, a holographic will might be a good option if you have a very small estate, and wish to make very simple devises. Nonetheless, it is never a bad idea to at least have an attorney review your will for completeness and clarity, even if you aren't having the attorney draft it from scratch.

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How Can A Cupertino, California Lawyer Help?

Because of the formalities required in drafting wills, it's never a bad idea to have a seasoned Cupertino, California attorney help in making your will. Even if your will is quite simple, and you have all the formalities figured out, it's still easy to make mistakes without a good once-over by a professional.

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Life in Cupertino

Cupertino is the Northern California suburb just north of San Jose. Cupertino has a population of 50,000 people, many of which work in the Silicon Valley.

Cupertino is most famous for being the home to Apple, Inc. The computer software giant was started in Cupertino in 1976 and has remained in the city every since, although much bigger in size than when it first started. In addition to Apple, there are many other major computer software companies that are located in Cupertino such as Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, and IBM. 

Just over an hour from San Francisco, Cuptertino has plenty of attractions for its residents and visitors to enjoy. In addition to a thriving software industry, Cupertino is also home to many talented lawyers. Not just specializing in issues dealing with technology, Cupertino attorneys are able to help their clients with any legal issue they may encounter. Local law schools include Stanford, Santa Clara, and UC Hastings are just a few of the bay area law schools that have helped to educate Cupertino lawyers. The weather, the culture, and the many local lawyers make Cupertino a great place to be a lawyer or a client!

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