Have an Estate? You Need a Will

What is a Will? 

A Will is a way to make your wishes known and allocate assets to your chosen beneficiaries. It is the only way to bequest assets to friends or unmarried romantic partners.

Executor or Executrix 

Executors distribute assets to beneficiaries and tie up other loose ends. A lawyer, institution, or trustworthy person may be named Executor. Leave instructions for compensating your executor. 

Naming of Beneficiaries 

Beneficiaries receive your assets and property after you die. They are usually close friends and family, spouses or civil partners, churches, and charitable organizations, but beneficiaries can be literally anyone you choose. 


One of the most crucial decisions to make is that of legal guardianship over minor children. Sure, you might’ve pulled your friend aside and had the “If anything ever happens…” talk, but that is not enough. Make a Will. 


Dying Intestate (without a Will) means no one knows your wishes, so the state of California will decide. Legal spouses or registered domestic partners receive community property and part of your separate property assets; remaining assets are distributed according to the state. The guardianship of minor children will be determined by the state. 

Drawing up a Will is the best way to ensure your wishes are met and loved ones are taken care of upon your death. Planning now eliminates hardship later.

Receive advice and help specific to your needs by contacting one of our experienced Palm Springs estate planning attorneys.

Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation Attorneys of SBEMP


Valerie Powers Smith


Thomas S. Slovak


Chelsea M. Healey


Wendy S. Dowse


H. Neal Wells III


Charles Gallagher

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