In the State of California, it is possible to create a will in one of three ways:
-A handwritten or holographic will is one that is done in your own handwriting. It must be legible and have everything clearly stated as to whom your assets will be given to and how things will be divided. This must be dated and signed as does NOT have to be notarized or signed by any witnesses. If however ANY part of this will is typed, the will may become void as any typed will must be witnessed by at least two other people and signed by them. If you are considering a handwritten or holographic will, it's best to get the advise of a qualified lawyer to avoid any unintended consequences that may invalidate all your wishes once you pass.
-A statutory will is a simplified form-will where you just fill-in-the-blanks and is purposefully made for people with small estates. These often are more generalized and won't provide you with information about making more complicated requests. If you have any questions, it's best to contact a lawyer.
-Wills that are drawn up by a lawyer will comply with all Californian laws and avoid any unnecessary confusion. The lawyer can make suggestions and answer any questions you might have about your estate and provide you with information about the many ways of passing down your assets to your loved ones. They will also be able to provide alternative options to dividing your estate that will save time and taxes.