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Once primarily agricultural because of its highly fertile soil, it is now largely urbanized, although its far southern reaches south of Gilroy remain agrarian. The most northern urban areas are also part of "Silicon Valley", although since it is not an actual valley, parts of the San Francisco Peninsula farther north are included in Silicon Valley as well. Locally, the urbanized areas of Santa Clara Valley are also referred to as part of the South Bay (San Francisco Bay Area).
Few traces of its agricultural past can still be found, but the Santa Clara Valley American Viticultural Area remains a large wine-making region. It was one of the first commercial wine-producing regions in California (and possibly the United States), utilizing high-quality French varietal vines imported from France.
The northern end of the Santa Clara Valley is at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, and the southern end is in the vicinity of Hollister. The valley is bounded by the Santa Cruz Mountains on the southwest and by the Diablo Range on the northeast. It is approximately 30 miles (50 km) long by 15 miles (20 km) wide. The valley's largest city, by an 86.7% margin, is San Jose. The population of the valley is 1.81 million along with approximately 865,700 wage and salary jobs. Santa Clara Valley has a Mediterranean semi-arid climate.
One of the most frequently asked questions is: "What happens if I die without a will?" A person dying without a will is subject to Probate Code Section 6400. In effect, this statute states that should any person die without a will, the property passes according to the statutory scheme.
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Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate. - Ambrose Bierce