Will Preparation in Escondido, California

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In Escondido, California, many of the complications 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 complicated or particularly 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.

But even with "simple" wills, some easily-avoidable problems come up more often than they need to. A good Escondido, 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 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 Escondido, 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.

Assuming that a holographic will is valid in your state, a court will probably interpret it very liberally, acknowledging the fact that it probably wasn't written by a lawyer. This is to make it much easier to actually 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 required by the laws of the state it is made in.

If your estate is relatively small, and the devises you wish to make aren't very perplexing, 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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How Can A Escondido, California Lawyer Help?

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

Escondido is located in San Diego County, California.  The name "Escondido" is a Spanish word meaning "hidden".  This is in reference to the city being situated in a valley and bordered by scenic hills.  Escondido has a population of about 144,000 and is growing at a rapid rate. 

Many major business and companies have their headquarters in Escondido, California.  Some of the major employers for Escondido residents include Stone Brewing Company, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  Escondido's population growth is supported by the presence of several residential communities, including Hidden Trails and Valley Center.

Escondido, California is an excellent city for leisure and entertainment.  The downtown area features a number of cafes, art galleries, and restaurants.  During the spring and summer seasons, the city hosts "Crusin' Grand", which is a public automobile show held every Friday.  Crusin' Grand features ultra-hip hot rods, historic cars, and live DJ music.  Other fun events include the Grape Day Parade and Festival, the Community Wellness Expo, and an Independence Day Celebration. 

Lawyers in Escondido assist their clients through a variety of legal services.  Escondido, California attorneys also contribute to the community through participation in city planning and development projects.  Escondido lawyers are knowledgeable of the various laws and regulations that are unique to the city.

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