Will Preparation in La Mesa, California

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In La Mesa, 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 perplexing 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 often than they need to. A reputable La Mesa, California attorney can help you avoid these problems with careful will preparation.

A significant 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 further 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 encompasses close relatives of the testator and anyone who's named in the will.

Holographic Wills in La Mesa, 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 likely 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 necessary by the laws of the state it is made in.

If your state allows 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 La Mesa, California Lawyer Help?

Because of the formalities required in drafting wills, it's never a bad idea to have a reputable La Mesa, 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 La Mesa

La Mesa, California is a city in San Diego County, California. It has a population of about 57,000 people.

La Mesa is a quiet, middle-class community. Its median household income of about $55,000 per year, which is roughly in line with the national average. About 9% of its population lives below the poverty line, which is somewhat less than the national average. La Mesa, California directly borders the city of San Diego, which is the second-largest city in California, and a major economic hub for the area, with industries like shipbuilding, ports, tourism, and the military all having a large presence in the area. 

These industries employ people in a wide range of fields, including many white-collar professionals such as La Mesa, California lawyers. 

Many of these professionals live in La Mesa, California to take advantage of the quiet, affordable nature of a suburb, while still having access to the amenities and economic opportunity that only a big city can offer.

If you live in La Mesa, California, and need legal services, chances are good that there's a La Mesa, California attorney who can help. 

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