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Making sure that your will is valid 

On Behalf of | May 27, 2022 | Estate Planning

A final will is a crucial part of any estate plan. This document can ensure that your assets are inherited by the people who you want to benefit from them. 

When drafting a will, there are a few crucial components to consider. If the following factors are not included in your will, it may be deemed invalid and those who you value most may not obtain their inheritance. 

You must be the appropriate age 

While estate planning applies to both younger people and older generations, there are typically minimum age requirements. California, like most states, imposes a minimum age requirement of 18 years old before a person is considered to have the legal capacity to create a will. 

You cannot be manipulated 

For a will to be valid, it must have been freely created. In other words, you must not have been subjected to undue influence or manipulation. The entire purpose of the documents is to reflect your final wishes, not those of someone else. 

There must be witnesses 

Another requirement for a valid will is the presence of impartial witnesses. In California, you should have two independent witnesses, who will not benefit from the will, to sign the document and also witness your signature. 

Protecting your legacy 

A will is just one part of the estate planning process. The legal nuances surrounding the law in this area can be complex and an invalid will can create a host of complications for both you and your loved ones. Nonetheless, with the appropriate guidance, it is perfectly feasible for you to make your final wishes come to fruition.