Will Preparation in San Jose, California

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In San Jose, California, many of the issues 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 difficult 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.

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

Most of the issues that plague wills stem from failure on the part of the drafter to comply with the required formalities. These requirements aren't terribly confusing, but they have to be followed to the letter if a will is to be valid. Normally, wills have to be witnessed and signed by at least 2 people, and it must include a clear statement that the document is, in fact, a will. You should choose the witnesses cautiously, because if they have any direct interest in the will, they won't count as valid witnesses.

Holographic Wills in San Jose, California

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

A holographic will, where they are authorized, will typically be interpreted liberally, to give effect to the testator's intent if at all possible.

But you should be aware that not all states authorize holographic wills. In these states, you are still authorized to hand write your will if you so desire, but they must be accompanied by all the formalities necessary by the law of that state.

If they are authorized in your states, a holographic will can be a good option, in some cases. If you do not have a massive 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. Nonetheless, 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 San Jose, California Lawyer Help?

Because there are particular formalities which must be followed in drafting wills, it's always a good idea to seek the advice of a San Jose, 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 San Jose

San Jose, California is a large city filled with families, universities, young professionals trying to make it in the Silicon Valley, and a diverse population! Some of San Jose's most visited attractions are the Children's Discovery Museum, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the HP Pavilion Center, the Tech Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, History Park, Winchester Mystery House, J. Lohr Winery, and Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park.

San Jose is also filled with great dining areas such as Santana Row, and great shopping with many malls such as Westfield's Valley Fair and Oakridge Shopping Centers. San Jose is also home to the Silicon Valley, an area that gave birth to companies such as Apple and Google, and a great place for small start-ups. Therefore, there is something for every type of professional in Silicon Valley.

To serve the Silicon Valley's legal needs, many law firms have office locations located in, or near, San Jose. These firms house some of the sharpest legal minds in the country. All in all, no legal need goes unattended in San Jose, California.

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