The accurate drafting of a Will is an important step for people who understand the importance of guaranteeing that their estate passes according to their plan and intentions.
A typical Will identifies and selects beneficiaries or recipients of a person's assets and property, guardians for their minor children, and also an executor who will be responsible to administration of the affairs of a party according to their Will.
California law provides that when an individual dies without having drafted a Will, the person’s estate passes to his or her nearest family members, or kin, according to laws developed under the California probate code. A common unfortunate result of failing to draft an appropriate will is property being transferred to unintended family members, and other last wishes being ignored. This occurs because the law of California controls the results, rather than a Will. Obviously, the drafting of a Will or Living Trust to ensure that one’s wishes are carried out is extremely important.
While Wills can be written or individually typed, the legal requirements for a such Wills to be valid are strict. Retaining an attorney to draft your Will, such as the skilled and experienced attorneys at Santiago & Jones, will ensure that you wishes are followed according to your plan. Consulting with the qualified estate planning lawyers at Santiago & Jones, will avoid these type of issues, which regularly occur when individuals create self-drafted Wills and other testamentary documents.