How to Prove a Will Is Valid in California

The validity of a will can come into question after a loved one dies. While there can be various legitimate reasons to question whether a will is valid, at times, relatives of a decedent may challenge or contest a will out of bitterness or greed. If you find yourself in a position where you need … Read more

4 Things That Will Make a California Will Invalid

Wills can be powerful estate planning tools that can detail how an estate should be handled after a loved one passes away. Although a loved one may have gone to the trouble of creating a will, however, this does not necessarily mean that the will will hold up later. Here’s When California Wills Can Be … Read more

CA Intestacy Laws: What Happens If You Die Without a Will

When people pass away without leaving a will behind, their assets will be passed on to their close loved ones via California intestacy laws. Intestacy laws, which may also be referred to as the law of descent and distribution, essentially dictate the order of priority for inheritance among the surviving close relatives of a decedent … Read more

When Should I Update My Will?

Having a will in place is a great first step in the estate planning process. However, because life changes, altering your circumstances, it’s important to regularly update your will so that it reflects your current wishes, as well as pertains to the current status of your estate. Below is a look at when it is … Read more

Basic Requirements for California Wills: An Overview

Every state has its own requirements for what constitutes a valid will, and understanding the basics is an essential first step when you are ready to move forward with the estate planning process. California Wills: The Fundamental Requirements Age requirements – To make a will in California, the testator (i.e., the will maker) must be … Read more