A will is a signed and witnessed written legal document that expresses a person’s wishes as to how their property is to be distributed after death and the appointment of specific individuals to carry out those wishes.

Notably, in many states such as California, wills are still subject to the probate process which can be costly and time-consuming. For this reason, the creation of a revocable living trust and comprehensive estate plan is advised to avoid the probate process and ensure your loved ones are timely cared for after your death.

Within a comprehensive estate plan, Tovella Dowling will include a “Pour Over Will”, which is a legal document that will serve to automatically transfer any assets into your trust in the event such assets were inadvertently left out of the trust or not timely titled in the name of the trust.