What is a Codicil to a Will? - Werner Law

What is a Codicil to a Will?

A codicil is an addendum or amendment to a last will and testament. It takes priority over the original document, provided it is dated and witnessed correctly, and thus properly supersedes the will. The term itself comes from the Latin cōdicillus, which translates into “a short writing” – explaining exactly what a codicil should be. …

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Defining a Self Proving Will - Werner Law

Defining a Self Proving Will

A person’s last will and testament is an important document governing their final decisions on the matter of their material possessions and estate. But not all wills are created equal. Every last will and testament must be legitimized in probate court, after the attorney, personal representative, or loved one of the decedent has petitioned for …

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How to Set Up a Pet Trust - Werner Law

How to Set Up a Pet Trust

For those who see their animal companions as family members, a pet is not mere property, but a trusted loved one. And while most humans outlive their pets, some animals can be quite long-lived, and in other cases, an untimely passing might leave a pet homeless. Estate planning may mean the difference between knowing our …

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Laws of Intestacy in California - Werner Law

Laws of Intestacy in California

Intestacy laws determine who gets what after death, if no valid last will and testament was left behind. Intestacy refers to dying intestate, or without a testament of one’s final wishes regarding the contents of one’s estate. In general, intestacy laws dictate the succession in which a person’s relatives inherit their assets and personal property. …

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