California Wills & Trusts (Drafting System)
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The California Wills & Trusts Drafting System Software operates on the HotDocs® platform, bringing greater flexibility and ease of use to our extensive collection of forms. The Drafting System is a fully automated document assembly product that enables you to create wills, trusts, powers of attorney and related documents by completing an electronic client interview that contains all the specific information the program needs to assemble the appropriate documents, including:
• Revocable trusts
• Irrevocable trusts
• Financial powers of attorney
• Health care powers of attorney
• Letters and forms for clients
• And much, much more!
A final document is generated in either Word or WordPerfect (through WordPerfect X7*) so you can make changes and tweaks, plus you can modify the language in the program for custom phrasing or conditions. Standard and specialized forms are included to address a wide variety of your clients' intentions and situations, including forms tailored for Registered Domestic Partners.
Free telephonic and web-based training is included, and tutorials available in the software walk you through the steps so you can use the software with confidence.
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The Downloadable Content format is not compatible with Mac or tablet PCs. HotDocs®, the platform on which the Drafting System operates, does not support WordPerfect X8.
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NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS INTENDED FOR USE BY LICENSED ATTORNEYS. IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR INDEPENDENT THINKING. YOU SHOULD FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH RELEVANT STATUTES, CASE LAW, AND STANDARDS OF PRACTICE, AND THOROUGHLY REVIEW ALL GENERATED DOCUMENTS.
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• 1 GHz processor (2 GHz or faster recommended)
• 1 GB RAM (2 GB, recommended)
• 300 MB hard disk space for installation process, 85 MB thereafter
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• Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
• Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, or 2016
• Corel WordPerfect X4, X5, X6 or X7
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Table of contents
INTAKES (automated information gathering interviews)
Enter Law Firm and Attorney Information
Enter Client and Fiduciary Information
Revocable Trusts and Related Documents
Revocable Trust or Amended and Restated Revocable Trust
Amendment to Trust
Revocation of Trust
Abstract of Previously Drafted Trust
Certification of Trust by Trustees
Certification for Copy of Trust Document
Documents for Transferring Assets to Trust
Trust Transfer Deed
Declaration of Trust Ownership of Personal Property by Settlor(s) Trustee(s)
Letter to Residential Mortgage Holder
Letter to Commercial Mortgage Holder
Letter of Instructions to Financial Institution
Letter of Instructions to Insurance Company
Letter of Instructions to Broker or Transfer Agent (and Assignment of Stocks or Registered Bonds)
Assignment of Bearer Bonds
Assignment of Time Share Interest
Assignment of Right to Exercise Stock Option After Death of Settlor(s)
Assignment of Sole Proprietorship
Assignment of Promissory Note Held by Settlor(s)
Assignment of Deed of Trust Held by Settlor(s)
Will, Synopsis, and Codicil
Powers of Attorney and Related Documents
Durable Power of Attorney
Advance Health Care Directive
HIPAA and CMIA Authorization
Notice of Revocation and Transmittal Letter
Durable Power of Attorney Statutory Warning and Advance Health Care Directive Explanation
Irrevocable Trusts and Related Documents
Life Insurance Trust
Notice of Crummey Withdrawal Right
Charitable Remainder Trust
Charitable Lead Trust
Qualified Personal Residence Trust (QPRT)
Section 2503(c) Trust for Children or Grandchildren
Special Needs Trust for Child, Parent, or Other Person
Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT)
Miscellaneous Estate Planning Documents
Spousal Property Agreement
Conflict of Interest Disclosure-Attorney Represents Both Spouses
Cover Letter to Client Transmitting Synopses and Document Drafts
Follow-up Letter Reminding Client to Review Estate Plan
Certificate of Independent Review
Notice and Acknowledgment of Deposit of Estate Planning Documents
Printable Client Intake Forms (unautomated)
General Client Information