Questions And Answers About The California Statutory Will

The following information, in question and answer form, is not a part of the California Statutory Will. It is designed to help you understand about Wills and to decide if this type of Will meets your needs. Wills do not avoid probate in California. This Will is in a simple form and you can have the form by clicking here. The complete text of each paragraph of this Will is printed at the end of the Will. You may find the answers to all of the questions below in Probate Code section 6240.

1. What happens if I die without a Will?

2. What can a Will do for me?

3. Does a Will avoid probate?

4. What is community property?

5. Does my Will give away all of my assets? Do all assets go through probate?

6. Are there different kinds of Wills?

7. Who may use this Will?

8. Are there any reasons why I should NOT use this Statutory Will?

9. May I add or cross out any words on this Will?

10. May I change my Will?

11. Where should I keep my Will?

12. When should I change my Will?

13. What can I do if I do not understand something in this Will?

14. What is an executor?

15. Should I require a bond?

16. What is a guardian? Do I need to designate one?

17. What is a custodian? Do I need to designate one?

18. Should I ask people if they are willing to serve before I designate them as executor, guardian, or custodian?

19. What happens if I make a gift in this Will to someone and that person dies before I do?

20. What is a trust?

21. What is a domestic partner?

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