One of the most important ways that an individual can plan for the future is to ensure they have executed a valid will. While there are many aspects of a comprehensive estate plan, drafting a will should be high on the list. It is never too early to start planning for the future, and you can feel confident knowing that this is the best way to be prepared for the unexpected. To discuss your situation with a skilled team of estate planning attorneys, contact The Gonzalez Law Group today to learn how we can help. We proudly serve clients in Houston and across many of the surrounding areas.
What happens if I die without a will?
At Gonzalez Law Group, 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. These matters are far more complicated than estates that included a valid will. No matter the complexity of your asset portfolio, we are here to help.
How do I make sure my will is valid?
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.
Contact a Houston Estate Planning Attorney
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. At The Gonzalez Law Group, we have proudly represented clients for decades with all of their estate planning and administration needs. To discuss your case with a legal team you can trust, contact our firm today. Se habla español.