Under California’s intestate succession laws, the probate judge will have no choice but to distribute your assets according to a pre-defined legal formula, one that privileges certain relatives over others and may deprive your friends and relatives of gifts you wanted them to have.

Contact an Attorney Before Writing Your Will

Since holographic wills have the potential to become very problematic, you should consult an attorney before putting your estate in the hands of a probate judge.

An estate planning attorney can give you tips on how to write a secure holographic will and explain the advantages and disadvantages of holographic wills versus “traditional” wills.

Furthermore, you may be surprised to learn how other estate planning tools can help you better preserve your legacy and save you money and reduce your tax obligation while you are still alive.


Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.