Will Preparation in Inglewood, California

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In Inglewood, California, many of the dilemmas 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 intricate 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 frequently than they need to. A knowledgeable Inglewood, California attorney can help you avoid these problems with careful will preparation.

A substantial percentage of the problems that prevent wills from taking effect are caused by failing to follow the required formalities in will preparation. In most states, wills need to be witnessed and signed by at least two people who have no direct interest in the matter. They also have to include a clear written statement that the document is, in fact, the testator's will. It also has to be witnessed by at least two people. Witnesses cannot be anyone who has a direct interest in the will, which includes close relatives of the testator and anyone who's named in the will.

Holographic Wills in Inglewood, 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.

Holographic wills, assuming they're recognized, are interpreted very broadly. This gives them the best possible chance of truly being implemented, since they will rarely be invalidated on technicalities.

You should, however, know that not all states permit holographic wills. In such states, you can still hand write your will if you want, but all the formalities, such as witnesses, must be present.

If your state recognizes them, a holographic will might be a reasonable option if you have a very small estate, and wish to make very simple devises. However, 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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Because of the formalities that must accompany most wills, it might be advisable to have a Inglewood, California attorney help you draft it.

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Life in Inglewood

Inglewood, California is a city in Los Angeles County. It currently has a population of around 110,000 residents. It is located in the South Bay area of the Greater Los Angeles region.

Inglewood, California is a vibrant, diverse community. It is extremely ethnically diverse, as well as economically. Its relatively affordable housing makes it attractive to working class individuals, and its proximity to the Los Angeles area makes it attractive to middle-class professionals, such as lawyers.

Inglewood, California is noted for being the headquarters of the D.A.R.E. organization, which seeks to educate schoolchildren and young adults about the dangers of getting involved in violence and illegal drugs. D.A.R.E. employs hundreds of people at its headquarters, including several Inglewood, California attorneys.

If you live in Inglewood, California and are need of legal advice or legal services, you should not hesitate to call an Inglewood, California attorney as soon as possible.

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