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California Last Will and Testament

A California Last Will and Testament is a legal document governed by Section 6 of California Legislation that allows a person, referred to as a Testator, to dictate exactly how they would like their affairs handled after they pass away. According to California law, all Testators must be over 18 years of age and be of sound mind in order to create a document like this. These statutes also dictate that will must be signed by two witnesses at the same time who both either witness the Testator creating the document, or who both have an understanding of the Testators' will. The state of California does not recognize oral wills, however, handwritten wills are accepted by the state if the will is entirely written and signed by the testator.

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How to Complete a California Last Will and Testament

A last will and testament is a straightforward document that details every aspect of the Testator's wishes. The first thing that the Testator will declare is their full name and full address. Next, the Executor of the Will will be named. This is the person Once this information has been provided, the Testator will declare their wishes in regards to their estate. These wishes may cover:

  • Funeral arrangements
  • Repass arrangements
  • Property inheritance
  • Asset inheritance
  • Child guardianship
  • Disinheritance information
Once the Testator finishes the document, stating all of their wishes and naming all of their beneficiaries, he or she will sign the will and have it attested by two (2) witnesses.

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