Will Preparation in Malibu, California

Find the right Will Preparation attorney in Malibu, CA

In Malibu, 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 convoluted 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 commonly than they need to. A brilliant Malibu, California attorney can help you avoid these problems with careful will preparation.

A considerable 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 Malibu, California

In some states, you can make what is recognized as a "holographic will." This is simply a will which is handwritten, in the testator's own handwriting. They do not need to be witnessed in order to be valid.

Holographic wills are usually construed very broadly. Knowing that it was not written by an expert, a court will normally look at the common definition of words, and use other common-sense principles when it comes to interpreting a holographic will. This is necessary to avoid conflicts, and increase the chances that the testator's wishes are honored.

You should be aware that not all states recognize holographic wills. In such states, you can of course still handwrite your will if you want. But for the will to be valid, it has to be accompanied by all the formalities (including witnesses) needed for any other will.

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.

How Can A Malibu, California Lawyer Help?

Because of the formalities that are required for most wills to be valid, it is normally a good idea to have a Malibu, California attorney help you make it, or at least go over it after you have written it, to make sure there aren't any problems with it.

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Life in Malibu

Malibu, California is a beachfront city in Los Angeles County, California. its population is approximately 12,700 people.

Malibu is one of the most affluent cities in Los Angeles County, with a median household income of over ,000 per year.

Malibu is best known for its beaches. The presence of these beaches, and their quality, caused the value of beachfront property in Malibu, California to soar, with people from all over the country scrambling to take up residence there. Over the past several decades, this created a boom for real estate brokers, and Malibu, California real estate attorneys.

Malibu, California is home to several popular art festivals and art museums, including a branch of the Getty museum.

If you live in Malibu, California and need a lawyer, you're in luck. There are many very successful and sophisticated lawyers in Malibu, California who can help.

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