WILLS / ESTATE PLANNING
A will is a legal document that states how the testator's property is to be distributed upon his/her death. Additionally, you may designate the individual(s) who will care for minor children or set up a trust by which property is held for the benefit of another. Texas wills allow for any children, your spouse, other family members, and even pets to be provided for after your death.
Creating a will is an important step in planning the distribution of your estate. We are dedicated to helping people through these difficult decisions and provide installment plans, if necessary, to make paying as easy as possible. To find out our pricing, simply submit a brief case description with your contact information on our contact page, or call us at 817.617.2811.
Requirements for creating a will in Texas -
Changing and Revoking -
A Texas will and testament can be modified and is accomplished with a document called a codicil. Codicils must also be executed in accordance with Texas probate laws in order to be effective.
The validity of a will must be proved in court within 4 years after the death of the testator. Probate procedures prove a will's validity, pay off debts, and distribute property per the will. A will that is not proved in court is denied probate and the property then passes to his or her heirs through intestacy.
It is extremely important to make a will if you want to control the distribution of your estate. If you die before doing so, you are said to have died "intestate" and your property will be distributed strictly according to Texas state laws without the consideration of your wishes.
Limitations on property distribution -
In Texas, it is important to consider how community property is handled. Because each spouse retains only one-half of community property, if a will attempts to give away all the community property, the surviving spouse may renounce the entire will and take claim to their share of the community property. It is important to have an attorney review your property and write a will that will be deemed valid.