In California, one of the best ways to plan for the future is to create a will. Wills are legal documents that direct how a person's estate will be distributed after they have passed away. Without a will, the distribution of a decedent's property will be conducted by a probate court. This could mean that a person's last wishes for their property and possessions will not be considered in the distribution.
In order to create a will, certain requirements must be met. The person who creates the will, known as the testator, must be at least 18 years of age and must be able to understand what they are doing. The will must include a statement specifying that it is a last will and testament, and it must name an executor. An executor is a person who is entrusted by the testator to make sure that the will is carried out according to their wishes.