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A will is a document outlining your final wishes for your estate. In order to ensure your will is valid and your wishes honored, you must follow certain rules.
Estate planning ensures that your belongings go to the right people after your death. Find out what estate planning is and what it involves.
Get an answer to the question "what is probate?", see how a will affects the probate process, and find out what role the executor plays in it.
Learn what is required when settling an estate after the death of a loved one.
Learn the basic terms associated with estate planning law and how how wills, trusts, and estates can help you plan for your future.
An estate planning attorney can help with estate plans, wills, and trusts. Learn more about attorneys and whether you can execute an estate plan on your own.
Dealing with documents like wills and trusts will be easier if you understand the will and estate planning process. Learn what options you have available.
Intestacy laws differ in how to become an executor without a will, but most states usually require petitioning the appropriate probate court.
Studies and polls routinely confirm that approximately two-thirds of Americans die without ever executing a valid Will. This list provides, in descending order, the reasons most often cited, and many of us could find that we have thought the same thing at least once or twice.
This guide will discuss the steps in filling out a Petition for Probate and discuss the other documents that should be filed along with the initial Petition for Probate. You need to have a California Petition for Probate (Form DE-111) in front of you as you read this guide.
Probate is an expensive, time-consuming process that is open to the public. It's generally a good idea to avoid going through it if at all possible.
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