Texas Wills Lawyer

Only 32% of Americans have a will, marking a 6% decrease from 2023 and the first drop in estate planning since 2020.

Those who do not organize their estate plans miss out on significant opportunities and often leave a complicated situation for their loved ones to handle after they pass away.

Skip the stress—let us handle it for you!

Serving Rockwall, Kaufman, Hunt, Collin, & Dallas Counties

What is a Will?

A will, or “last will and testament,” is a legal document that says what you want to happen with your belongings and properties after death. It lets you choose how your things are shared and, ultimately, gives your family peace of mind, ensuring that disputes are avoided after your passing.

Talking to an attorney with years of experience helping clients create their wills can assist you in creating yours. Jack Robinson ensures quality service to his clients and can provide valuable insights into the process. You will certainly feel supported every step of the way and will ensure that your will meets all necessary requirements.

What Constitutes a Will to Be Valid in Texas?

At the Law Office of Jack Robinson, we appreciate the significance of wills and estate planning.

We’ll guide you through every step, ensuring your assets are effectively managed and passed on according to your wishes.

The main requirements for a will to be valid in Texas include:

 

1. In Writing

Your will must exist in a physical form, whether handwritten or typed on a computer and printed. Digital copies and assets, like PDFs saved on your computer, aren’t considered valid.

2. Age Requirement

You must be at least 18 years old to create a will unless you’re married or serve in the military.

3. Sound Mind and Memory

You must be of sound mind and memory, which means that you:

        • Understand the implications of making a will
        • Comprehend the extent of your property and relationships
        • Can make reasonable judgments regarding matters your will controls, such as naming a guardian for your minor children

4. Freely and Voluntarily Made

Your will must be made freely and voluntarily, without improper pressure from individuals who influence you, such as caretakers or family members. This safeguard against coercion is known as “undue influence.”

5. Signed in the Presence of Witnesses

You must sign your will in the presence of at least two credible witnesses, who must also sign it. According to the Texas Estates Code, witnesses must be at least 14 years old and cannot receive any financial benefit under your will, ensuring their impartiality.

Consulting with a legal professional with proven experience in Texas wills and estate planning can help you navigate the process and ensure your will reflects your desires accurately.

 

Invalid Will in Texas

If a will doesn’t meet Texas’ requirements to be valid, it’s not considered a will. This means the person’s wishes won’t be followed as they wanted.

Instead, their assets will be divided according to Texas laws for when someone dies without a will.

This might mean giving assets to people who weren’t meant to get them. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure your will meets all the rules to ensure your final wishes are honored.

What Our Clients Say

“We needed an attorney to help us with our Will & Estate Planning. We are so glad we chose Jack Robinson. He explained each and every process and met with us along the way to make sure it was what we wanted. A very kind and knowledgeable attorney with a very personable staff.”

– Keith Knight

“It was a pleasure to deal with Jack Robinson. I had never been through this process before, and he made it very simple and clear. He communicated every step to me. Everything was done timely and efficiently. I happily recommend the Law Office of Jack Robinson.”

– Marilyn Lane

“Jack is very knowledgeable and truly took the time to listen to our concerns. He answered our questions thoroughly, and we feel confident moving forward with our decision-making process. We highly recommend him if you are in need of legal guidance and assistance.”

– Shonda Hayes

What Is the Texas Intestate Succession?

In Texas, if you die without a will, here’s who inherits your belongings according to state law:

 

  • If you’re married without children, parents, or siblings, your spouse gets everything.
  • If you have children but no spouse, they share your belongings equally.
  • If you’re married with children, your spouse gets some of your property, and your children get the rest.
  • If you’re married but have children with someone else, both your spouse and your children inherit part of your property.
  • If you’re single with no children or immediate family, your property goes to extended family like grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins.
  • If no living relatives can be found, the state inherits your belongings.

Ultimately, dying without a will means the court and state laws determine the fate of your belongings and properties, potentially impacting your loved ones significantly.

Why Should You Make a Will?

Not having a will leaves the distribution of your assets up to the state’s intestacy laws. This could lead to potential conflicts among your heirs and might not provide for certain loved ones as you would have preferred.

Interested in planning for your future but unsure about creating a will?

Our team, headed by our estate planning attorney, Jack Robinson, is here to assist you with all your estate planning needs, including:

The Process

STEP ONE:

Click here to call or schedule your free consultation.

STEP TWO:

We can sit down together, either by a call, Zoom, or in-person so I can get a thorough understanding of your unique situation.

STEP THREE:

I’ll provide you with options for your potential next steps and we can work together to come up with a personalized strategy to address your specific needs.

Contact the Law Office of Jack Robinson Today!

Prepare for the future today by letting Jack Robinson guide you in drafting your will. Take control and ensure your wishes are documented and honored. Book a free initial virtual consultation with us today!