A will is a document saying who (a person) and/or what (e.g. a corporation or charity) will get some or all of your “probatable property” (property that does not transfer to someone or something by a means other than your will, such as a beneficiary designation or property held jointly or in a trust) on your death and who is in charge of managing the will when you die.
The important thing to know about wills is that they must be signed correctly or they may not be honored. You can find the requirements for the execution of a witnessed will at California Probate Code §6110.
The only significant exception to the signing rules are the rules for a holographic will.
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