Will Preparation in Daly City, California

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In Daly City, 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 confusing 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 frequently than they need to. A reliable Daly City, 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 truly intends the document to be a will. Additionally, the laws of most states require that wills be witnessed and signed by at least 2 neutral parties.

Holographic Wills in Daly City, California

In some states, testators are permitted 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 truly 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 estate is fairly small, and the devises you wish to make aren't very difficult, a holographic will can be a good option if they're valid in your state. Of course, it's never a bad idea to make a will with the assistance of a lawyer.

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Because of the formalities that must accompany most wills, it might be advisable to have a Daly City, California attorney help you draft it.

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Life in Daly City

Daly City, California is a city in San Mateo County. It has a population of about 102,000 people. 

Daly City was founded in the 1770s, when the Spanish first settled California. Later, when Mexico gained independence from Spain, the area now known as Daly City was part of Mexico, until Mexico lost California in the Mexican-American War. It got its current name in the late 1800s, and is named after John Daly, a prominent local businessman and landowner. Daly City, California is known for being one of the only cities in the United States in which a majority of the population is Asian-American.

The economy of Daly City, California is largely based on healthcare, public education, retail, and services. Most of the professionals who live in Daly City, such as lawyers, work in the larger cities nearby. However, there are still many lawyers who practice within Daly City, and specialize in serving Daly City residents.

If you live in Daly City and are in need of legal services, it's almost certain that there is a Daly City, California attorney who can help.

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