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2020: The Year of the Will

| Jan 31, 2020 | Estate Planning |

The internet has already spent much of its time riffing on how 2020 is a year of clear sight: 20/20 vision. While there are some who look at this as an opportunity for hindsight like learning from past mistakes, we here at CC LawGroup are excited to encourage foresight instead. Writing a will is both easy to do and is important for your future, your estate and the ones you love. With that perfect 2020 vision, there is no better time than the present to consider arranging one.

Many might think that the process of writing a will is a big operation, but as Findlaw summarizes California will laws, it does not require much. In some cases, even a handwritten note can do:

To write a will in California, you must be:

  • 18 years or older
  • Of sound mind
  • Witnessed by two people

That is all! No oral wills are accepted in California courts but there is something called a holographic will that is accepted with some caveats. While it does not need witnesses, it needs to be in your handwriting, with your signature and with clear intent as a testament of your wishes. If all of those can be proven, it can act as your will.

Not having a will may not seem like a big deal. When tragedy strikes though, it can leave your estate a confused mess. Celebrity deaths, as we noted two years ago, are a good, public example of what security can be up in the air if the unexpected happens. If you would like to know more regarding your resources for will writing or what a will can help with, we invite you to explore our website.