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Holographic Wills: A Handwritten Will Suffices

Last wills and testaments must satisfy very specific rules set out in state law. Wills may not be valid if they do not meet these formal requirements for wills. Most estate planning attorneys follow a set procedure to execute a will to ensure it will meet these requirements. While satisfying the requirements is the general […]

How a Will is Executed: A Step-By-Step Approach

Having examined the formalites required of wills, including the signature requirements for wills, we can now consider how a will is actually executed. There are a number of specific steps to executing wills. This article describes these steps.

Passing on More than Money: Values and Life Experience in Estate Planning

The Ultimate Gift The estate planning process has a tendency to focus on tax savings and passing on property; yet, there are other valuable assets we all have that should be part of the estate planning process. I am referring to passing on a sense of values and life experience.

The Probate Process in San Francisco, California

The probate process can be very simple or very complex. This all depends a number of factors, such as the size and nature of the deceased person’s property, whether the property is easy to locate, and whether the beneficaries decide to cooperate with each another. This article explains the probate process for persons who die […]

Formalities for Wills: A Look at the Signature Requirement

Last will and testaments are formal legal documents that dispose of property upon the owner’s death. State laws provide several rules to be followed in preparing wills.

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