Will Preparation in Oxnard, California

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In Oxnard, 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 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.

However, even if the will is comparatively simple, some problems which are very easy to avoid can still complicate the process. A knowledgeable Oxnard, California wills and trusts lawyer can help you avoid these problems.

Many problems with wills are due to some of the required formalities not being followed. The formalities involved in drafting and executing a will are not particularly complicated, but they must be scrupulously followed. Otherwise, the will might not be given effect. In most states, the will must include some clear statement that the document is, in fact, the last will and testament of the person making it. It typically must also be witnessed and signed by at least 2 people who do not have any stake in the will.

Holographic Wills in Oxnard, California

In some (but certainly not all) states, "holographic wills" can sometimes be treated as valid wills. A holographic will is just a will that is written entirely in the testator's own handwriting. They do not need to be witnessed in order to be valid.

Holographic wills are normally construed very broadly. Knowing that it was not written by an expert, a court will typically 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 they are permitted in your states, a holographic will can be a good option, in some cases. If you do not have a considerable amount of money and property that you want to pass on, and your devises are going to be very simple (regular gifts to just a few people), a holographic will can suffice. However, you should seek the advice of a lawyer beforehand, and know that it is almost always a better option to have a will accompanied by all the required formalities.

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How Can A Oxnard, California Lawyer Help?

Because there are specific formalities which must be followed in drafting wills, it's always a good idea to seek the assistance of a Oxnard, California attorney in drafting your will. Even if your will is going to be very simple, and you have the formalities all figured out, mistakes can be made.

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Life in Oxnard

Oxnard may not be a household name throughout America but it plays a major role in California's international trade, manufacturing, defense, and agricultural economies. Oxnard is the key port for Del Monte Foods, Chiquita, Land Rover, BMW, and Jaguar shipments to the west coast. It's the deepest port between San Francisco and San Diego.

The city also has strong ties to agriculture and civil rights as the childhood home of Caesar Chavez and annual California Strawberry Festival. The USDA ranked Oxnard as one of the preeminent strawberry producers in California supplying over 1/3 of all California strawberries.

The top employers in Oxnard are currently St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard Union High School District, and Waterway Plastics that collectively employ over 5,000 Oxnard locals.

Tourism helps boost the Oxnard economy as well. Tourists flock to Oxnard's renown soft sand beaches that are also known for being much less crowded than other hotspots. The Oxnard Public Beaches offer accommodations like palm tree lined walkways, picnic, and barbeque areas. The Carnegie Art Museum, founded by the famous Andrew Carnegie in 1907, displays over 1,500 pieces from Southern California artists and other influential Americans like Colin Campbell Cooper and Millard Sheets. The Chandler Vintage Museum of Transportation and Wildlife is another popular Oxnard museum neat Heritage Square that locals and tourists enjoy visiting.

If you live in Oxnard, California and need an attorney, you're in luck. Oxnard, California lawyers are members of a very diverse and sophisticated legal community. If you have any legal issues, an Oxnard, California lawyer can help.

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