Creating And Drafting Wills
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We often encounter individuals who’ve recently lost a loved one who died intestate — that is, without a will. Their grief at that crucial time is compounded by anxiety over the uncertain disposition of their loved one’s estate. As we guide them through the probate process, almost all of these clients firmly resolve to work with us to plan their own estates, clearly wishing their loved one had done the same.
Texas currently recognizes a number of types of written wills, including attested, holographic (handwritten) and contractual wills. Any of these wills may be made self-proved. A testator can pass some or all of his or her property by will, subject to certain requirements and limitations. For a will to be admitted to probate in Texas, the instrument must meet certain requirements set out in the Texas Estates Code. The will must also comply with the provisions of the Texas Estates Code governing the formalities to be observed during a will execution. Although it may be testamentary in character, a will that is not executed in accordance with the prescribed requirements is of no force or effect. And, the issue of due execution can create a basis to contest the will later on. Texas law permits revocation of a will by executing a subsequent will, codicil, or declaration in writing, executed with the formalities necessary to execute a will.
Don’t delay putting your estate in order. Our Houston attorneys can draft a complete will package for you that thoroughly accounts for all your concerns. You’ll have the benefit of an experienced attorney guiding you through the formation and signing of all your documents. Putting your affairs in order is the smart, prudent, loving thing to do. Though often difficult to contemplate, a Last Will and Testament is a wonderful opportunity to express to your relatives and friends how much they’ve meant to you. Se habla español.