Thorough Wills Attorney Protecting the Interests of Huntington Beach Estate Planning Clients
Establishing a will is beneficial for many reasons. With nearly three decades’ experience helping Huntington Beach families with estate planning and the formation of wills, Stephen Shepard Attorney at Law knows what it takes to help you and those you love most secure the future you deserve.
Benefits of Establishing a Will
Establishing a will in the state of California allows you to leave your property to people or organizations of your choosing. It also allows you to name someone you trust to look after any and all property left to minor children, as well as name a guardian to take care of your children until they turn eighteen. Creating a will also allow you to name an executor — i.e. the individual responsible for carrying out the terms of your will.
In the event that you die without having established a will, California’s intestacy law will distribute your property to your closest relatives, beginning with your spouse and children. If you do not have a spouse or children, your grandchildren or your parents will receive your property. This list will continue with your distant relatives, including siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. If you have no surviving family members, the state of California will take ownership of your property.
It is possible that a will might be contested by those who disagree with the distribution of your assets after your death. When this happens, it can cause further grief to those closest to you. If you need helping contesting a will or protecting your inheritance from someone who is contesting the will, you need an experienced litigation attorney by your side.
Under California state law, an official, a legally-binding will must be signed in front of two witnesses, and those two witnesses must also sign the document. While notarization and legal representation are not required by law, it is highly recommended that you consult an experienced estate planning attorney when forming a will.