Will Preparation in Danville, California

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In Danville, California, many of the problems 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 Danville, 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 Danville, 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 authorizes them, a holographic will might be a good way to go in some cases. For instance, if you don't have an unusually large amount of money, and simply want to leave your assets to close family members, or even to a single person (such as a spouse), it probably wouldn't be a problem. Nonetheless, even in cases like this, it's never a bad idea to make a will with the help of a lawyer.

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How Can A Danville, California Lawyer Help?

Because of the formalities required in drafting wills, it's never a bad idea to have a seasoned Danville, 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 Danville

Danville, California is a city located in the San Ramon Valley, in Contra Costa County. It is part of the San Francisco Bay Area, and has a population of about 42,000 people. Danville, California is one of the wealthiest suburbs in the Bay Area, and the country, with a median household income of over $126,000 per year. 

Danville, California's residents are largely white-collar professionals, such as executives and lawyers, who usually work in the larger cities nearby. Some of the most successful lawyers in the region live in Danville, California, drawn to its exclusive country clubs and other upscale amenities. 

Much of the in-city employment in Danville, California is based around retail and healthcare.

Because of its upscale residents, as well as a large numbers of service employees, the lawyers of Danville, California are able to handle a wide range of cases, from highly sophisticated disputes, to relatively simple matters. So, if you need legal services, chances are very good that a Danville, California attorney can help  you.

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