Last Wills

Find answers to questions you might have about last wills, and get a better understanding of how they're written, what happens if they're contested, and more.

Estate Plans and Intellectual Property: What to Consider

Intellectual property is a valuable asset that often gets forgotten in the estate planning process.

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5 Reasons You Shouldn't Put Off Writing a Will

A will is one of the most important written documents you'll ever create. It's a way of caring about those who are important to you, even in death.

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How to Choose an Executor

Choosing the right executor is a vital part of the estate planning process. And it's no simple task—you need someone you can trust to fulfill your…

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What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

Most people don't want to think about their own death, but if you want a say in what happens to your assets when you die, it's important to take the…

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Power of Attorney Requirements in California

A power of attorney allows someone else to handle financial or healthcare matters on your behalf, and California has specific rules about types and…

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How to Prevent Your Family from Contesting Your Will

When you create your will as part of your estate plan, you are making sure your last wishes will be carried out. All that careful planning and…

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Legatee, Heir, Beneficiary and Devisee: What Are the Differences?

A quick guide to the language of inheritance to help you make sense of who's who in an estate plan.

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No-Contest Clauses in Wills and Trusts

Are you concerned about a potential challenge to your will or trust once you're gone? A no-contest clause in a will or trust can be quite effective…

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The Perils of Poison Pill Clauses

No matter how unfair they may seem, some last wills should just be left alone—especially those that contain a “no contest” or “poison pill” clause.…

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Establishing Guardianship in a Will

If you have a child under the age of 18, you should have a will to name a legal guardian of your child in the event of your death. Read on for tips…

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