Houston Last Will and Testament Attorney
It is difficult for most people to think about their death, let alone plan for it. Taking the time to write a Will may save your loved ones additional heartache after you are gone. All too often we hear stories about family members fighting over guns, china, jewelry, or other personal items. These disagreements and harm to the family that could be avoided by a well drafted and detailed last will and testament. The Martin Law Firm can work with you draft a will to help ensure your final wishes are honored.
Why should I have a Last Will and Testament?
With the help of a Houston last will and testament attorney, your Will should clearly define your wishes for your property and your children. In your Will, you can state who you want to be the appointed guardian of your children at the time of your death. If you neglect to state who will act as guardian of your children, a Court will make that determination for you.
Also, if you do not describe in your Will how you want your property to be divided, a Court will decide, or your family members will simply take what they want. Drafting a Will that complies with the law and clearly states your wishes will help you stay in control of what happens to your children and your property.
How do I draft a Last Will and Testament in Texas?
Legal Wills tell the Texas Probate Court and beneficiaries of the estate exactly how the decedent wishes their property and family to be handled after their death. The written Will should give specific instructions on all financial matters, distribution of property, and the care for any minor children. A Will, drafted by an attorney in Texas must meet certain requirements to be legal.
- The person making the will must be 18 years old, serving in the military, or married
- The Will cannot be drafted under duress or force
- The person making the will must be of sound mind at the time of drafting
- The Will must express the drafters intent to distribute their property
Without a valid Will in Texas, the person dies intestate. When someone dies intestate, a Court will decide how to distribute assets and where to place children. Without a Will, your wishes and rights are left to a Court decide.
Contact The Martin Law Firm for help with drafting a Last Will and Testament that complies with Texas law and describes fully your wishes as to who should inherit your property and who should care for your children.