California residents who are over the age of 18 may want to consider writing a will. A will is a part of most estate plans, and without one, the state often decides how an individual's assets are distributed after their death. A will appoints beneficiaries who will receive those assets, and those beneficiaries might be friends, family or organizations, such as charities.
A will also needs an executor. This can be a friend, relative, attorney, financial planner or some other professional. The executor inventories the estate, distributes assets, and pays debts and taxes. This may be a complex job depending on the estate, so an individual appointing an executor may want to ask the person if they are willing to complete the task.