“Instrument” means a will, a document establishing or modifying a trust, a deed, or any other writing that designates a beneficiary or makes a donative transfer of property.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 56, Sec. 1. (SB 308) Effective January 1, 2020.)

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  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Property: means anything that may be the subject of ownership and includes both real and personal property and any interest therein. See California Probate Code 62
  • Trust: includes the following:

    California Probate Code 82

  • Will: includes codicil and any testamentary instrument which merely appoints an executor or revokes or revises another will. See California Probate Code 88