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What Are My Rights as a Will Beneficiary?

Estate planning can produce many different legal disputes since there are usually so many different people involved in a will or trust. One very important group of people that are vital to any estate planning will are the beneficiaries to that will. A beneficiary is someone to whom a deceased benefactor (also known as the decedent) gives real and personal property, money or other assets. The will must define who the decedent appoints as a beneficiary and the inheritance that they are to receive. If you have been named as a beneficiary to a family member or loved one’s will,…

Who Can Contest a Will?

After a loved one dies, the essential grieving process can be soured by the late relative’s estate and how it will be divided among family. Cousin Albert can’t contest your late father’s will as easily as you might think, however. Depending on how the will was drafted and who was named in the will, only certain people will be allowed to contest wills. If you’re not sure whether you can contest a will, check out the list below and see which descriptions best fit your personal circumstances. Beneficiaries Beneficiaries are those who are named in the will and can include:…

Create An Honorary Trust To Protect Your Pet In California

Having acquired a substantial amount of funds from various start-ups, a man who is a passionate advocate of animal rights bought a large tract of land where he cares for abandoned and injured animals. Concerned about what will happen to his favorite dog, the man placed $75,000 in a trust for the care of his dog, naming a nearby bank as the trustee. The trustee was directed to use the income and principal of the trust to care for the dog for the rest of the dog’s life. Any remaining funds were to be distributed to an environmental non-profit group….

Satisfying Expectations By Drafting A Valid Will In California

A will may be contested in court for a host of reasons, whether due to a testator’s lack of capacity at the time the will was executed, or due to fraud, undue influence or mistake. A California estate planning law firm assists clients in drafting wills and litigating issues related to will contentions. Possessing testamentary capacity at the time of execution Under California Probate Code §6100, an individual must be at least 18 years-old and of sound mind to form a will. Additionally, the Probate Code §§6110-6113 requires a will be signed by the person creating the will, known as…