The State Bar of California has an excellent brochure answering many many questions commonly asked by my clients in Los Angeles and others throughout California.
As an estate planning attorney in Los Angeles, I highly recommend reading the pamphlet before you visit with your own estate planning lawyer so that you can be as well prepared as possible.
Don’t have an estate planning attorney? Speak with Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259 whose area of legal practice involves preparing wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives and other estate planning documents.