Matthew W. Harris, Esq., LL.M
When a loved one passes away it is no doubt sad and extremely painful. However, after an individual’s death, certain steps must occur according to California and federal law. Probate addresses these steps.
Testate means that a person died in California with a valid will. Whereas intestate means a person who died without a will.
A last will and testament is a written instrument directing who will own the decedent’s property (real and tangible) upon the decedent’s death. A will is an ambulatory document meaning that it is subject to modification or revocation by the testator (creator of the will) during his or her lifetime.