A Will is a document that states what property or other assets you wish to leave to your family, friends or a charity after your death.
A Pour-over will pours your assets into a trust which avoids the costly and time consuming legal process called probate.
If you do not sign a Will before your death, then California law dictates who will receive your property and other assets after your death, under “intestate succession”.
A Trust is an entity created to hold your property and other assets for the benefit of certain persons or entities, with a Trustee managing the Trust. In many “living trusts” the creator of the Trust (Trustor, Settlor) names himself/herself as the original Trustee who will manage the Trust until his/her death when it is taken over by a successor Trustee.
A Durable Power of Attorney allows you to give a family member or friend the right to sign documents on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
An Advance Health Care Directive lets you give instructions about your future health care. It also lets you name someone to make decisions for you if you are unable to make your own decisions.