Will Preparation in San Ramon, California

Find the right Will Preparation attorney in San Ramon, CA

In San Ramon, 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 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 Ramon, California wills and trusts lawyer can help you avoid these problems.

Most of the dilemmas that plague wills stem from failure on the part of the drafter to comply with the required formalities. These requirements aren't terribly complicated, 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 Ramon, 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.

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 legitimate, it has to be accompanied by all the formalities (including witnesses) required for any other will.

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.

How Can A San Ramon, California Lawyer Help?

Because of the various required formalities that accompany a will, it's not a bad idea to have a seasoned San Ramon, California attorney help you draft your will, even if it is relatively simple.

Talk to a Wills, Trusts and Estates Law Attorney now!

Life in San Ramon

San Ramon, California is a city in Contra Costa County. Its population is currently about 72,000 people.

San Ramon, California is one of the larger suburbs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it is one of the major employment hubs in the area. Several large companies have a major presence in San Ramon, California. Energy giant Chevron has its headquarters in San Ramon, where it employs 3,500 people, making it the largest employer in the city. ATT has a major regional office there, as does the staffing company Robert Half, and the computer company IBM.

These large corporations employ a significant number of San Ramon, California lawyers.

If you are a resident of San Ramon, California and are in need of legal services, it's very likely that there's a San Ramon, California attorney who can help.

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