Most people find it difficult to talk about their own death, but it is important to think about the end-of-life as the beginning of a legacy for everyone who lives on after you. Dying without a will can be expensive and lead to results you would not have wanted.
California law strongly favors "living trusts" which is a flexible, long-term structure, for managing your assets while you are alive and then making sure that your beneficiaries are cared for in the way you want when you cannot. It costs a little more upfront, but can save a lot of time and money in the long run when you eventually die or become incapacitated.
If you have a minor child, or a family member in need of long-term care, it is important to plan ahead.
Another question a lot of people have is whether they can make a "living will" to make clear their intentions in case they are severely injured and incapable of communication with their caretakers or emergency medical technicians.