You’ve worked hard to build your legacy. Take the necessary steps to secure your assets and provide for the well-being of your family with a California wills attorney.
If you are considering writing your own will, know that while it is possible, it’s generally not a wise choice. A skilled attorney who understands California law and is experienced in drafting estate plans, trusts, and wills can be an invaluable asset and can ensure your wishes are followed.
Statutory wills, the “fill-in-the-blank” templates the state provides, may seem like a solution for someone looking to write their own will in California. However, these wills are created with a -one-size-fits-all mentality, and there is rarely one size or type of estate plan. Consider the following drawbacks of a statutory will:
A will is one of the most important documents you will make in your life, and while a statutory will is legal, it simply doesn’t account for the complications that could arise. Help your family get through this difficult time by providing them with the clarity they need in the aftermath of your passing. Learning your next steps from an attorney can greatly reduce the possibility of a will being contested in court.
A skilled attorney can work with you to list your assets, name beneficiaries, provide for the guardianship of your children, and name an executor, among other things.
A California wills attorney knows the law and can craft a legal will that protects your assets from unnecessary fees and ensures your wishes are fulfilled. Before filling out a statutory will, consider why hiring an experienced attorney can protect your interests.
A: You can write your own will in California without a lawyer. The Probate Code offers a form to fill out to create your will. There are also multiple online sites for creating your own will. This type of will must be witnessed by two individuals and signed by them. Writing your own will comes with caveats. The burden is on you to make sure everything is correct, accounted for, and witnessed properly.
A: Wills in California do not need to be notarized. Depending on the type of will drawn up, however, witnesses may need to sign. A statutory will must be witnessed and signed by two witnesses. A holographic will, one that has been physically handwritten by you, does not require any witnesses or notarization. A will drawn up by an attorney must be signed by two witnesses.
A: The will must be handwritten or printed. The will must be signed by the testator, the person making the will. The will must be witnessed and signed by two witnesses unless it has been handwritten. Though not required to be signed by witnesses, a holographic will gain some authenticity with the addition of witness signatures.
A: Hiring an attorney to make your will costs between $400 to $700 in California. The fee varies based on the complexities of your circumstances. The fee for an individual will is lower than the fee for a married couple. Likewise, for an individual with considerable assets, the fee may be higher.
While a statutory will might seem like an easy solution, protecting your family and your assets is much easier with help from an attorney. Creating a sound, legal will is the biggest gift you can give to your loved ones. A well-crafted will can save them unnecessary time, money, and stress during a difficult time.
Choosing a legal partner to draw up your will is the first step towards securing your assets and providing for your family. Contact Robert G. Petrovich, Attorney at Law, to create your legal blueprint for the future.
Based in San Marino (near Pasadena), Mr. Petrovich handles estate planning, probate, business law, real estate, and other legal matters throughout the San Gabriel Valley.