Before a will is created, my El Dorado estate planning firm helps you understand what it is and how it can benefit you. For more than 14 years, I have helped countless clients by answering their important questions and helping them establish a will that is most appropriate for their needs. If you are interested in safeguarding the future and making sure that your last wishes are adhered to after you pass away, now is the time to learn about your options and get started with creating a will that protects your loved ones and hard-earned property. I also offer free estate planning consultations.
Below I have added a list of frequently asked questions about wills to help get you started:
A will is a document left behind once you pass away. It includes your last wishes and provides instructions explaining how you want your estate to be distributed, who you want to step in and take care of your minor children (and their property), and someone to make sure that your affairs are in order and that the process is handled properly.
An executor is typically named within the will. This should be someone that you can trust. This person is held responsible for managing your affairs and making sure that your last wishes are followed. The executor oversees the distribution process, collects your assets, makes sure that the correct guardian steps in, pays any debts that are due, and closes your estate.
If you pass away without leaving a last will and testament behind, your property is distributed by the "intestate succession" laws in California. These laws serve as guidelines through which your property is distributed to your closest living relatives. The court has more of an involvement when a will is not provided. For example, if you have a minor child, the court becomes responsible for selecting a guardian to take care of them.
Once a will is created by an El Dorado Hills estate planning lawyer, you must sign it in the presence of two witnesses. These two witnesses must then sign the legal document as well.
No, a will does not have to be notarized in California. This means that a notary public does not have to be present when the will is being signed by the creator and the witnesses involved.
Call the Law Office of Paul R. Kraft for a free estate planning consultation regarding these or any other estate planning needs.