The website for the State Bar of California has a terrific series of articles addressing various topics. One of those topics of interest to California residents discusses Wills. Below are the topic headings the article discusses – some of which deal with probate law. The California State Bar also has a link to a free California statutory will.
What does a will do?
A guardian for your minor children.
Does a will cover everything I own?
Assets owned as a joint tenant.
“Transfer on death” or “pay on death.”
“Community property with right of survivorship.”
Your spouse’s or domestic partner’s half of community property.
Are there various kinds of wills?
A handwritten or holographic will.
A statutory will.
A will prepared by a lawyer.
What if my assets pass to a trust after my death?
Can I change my will?
How are the provisions of my will carried out?
Who should know about my will?
What other planning should I do?
List of assets and debts.
Durable power of attorney for property management. In this document, you appoint another individual (the attorney-in-fact) to make property management decisions on your behalf if you are incapacitated.
Advance health care directive / durable power of attorney for health care.
How can I find a lawyer to write a will for me?
If you would like to discuss these and other California probate questions, please call Mitchell A. Port at (310) 559-5259.