Most people are aware wills are the fundamental estate planning document. Wills establish the distribution of your assets after passing. Your will must be structured to accomplish your goals and ensure its validity under Texas law. Otherwise, you may end up leaving your loved ones an inconsequential piece of paper and open up a litigation nightmare. Our Austin estate planning attorney will work to draft and implement effective wills as part of your comprehensive estate plan.
Importance of a Wills’ Details
If your will is improperly drafted or executed, it doesn’t matter how many documents you have explaining how your estate should be distributed. At the end of the day, the will is unenforceable. Dying with an invalid will is the same a dying with no will at all.
For a will to be enforceable the document must meet several strict requirements. If the wording is even slightly off or the will is drafted or signed improperly, in all likelihood, the document will be held invalid in probate court.
Benefits of Establishing a Texas Will
Should you pass without a valid will, the State is given charge of the distribution of your estate. A valid will provides specific instructions to your executor to manage your legacy. Additionally, the will affords you the opportunity to:
- first, select an “executor of the estate” to be charged with enacting your wishes after you die
- second, appoint guardians or trustees for your minor children
- third, exclude or include specific beneficiaries
- and fourth, clarify any non-monetary gifts your wish to make and to whom
Accompanying Estate Documents
Powers of attorney and medical directives are just as important as establishing a will. These documents address managing your health care and financial decisions in the event you are incapable of doing so. These supporting documents can give your executor the power to take action without needing a court order to do so.
Hire an Austin Estate Planning Attorney
Often, we avoid facing our mortality. But as anyone who has had a grandparent or parent pass can attest, a valid, enforceable will is the last act of kindness we can provide our families. Our Austin estate planning attorney is here to help you do just that. Give us a call to schedule a free consultation & we’ll begin drafting your will to safeguard your family’s future.
To find out how we can help you, contact our Austin Estate Planning Attorney at 512-400-7070 for custom Texas wills. We will schedule an initial client consultation to review your estate planning details and lay out a structure for your will. AZ Law Firm will draft the necessary documents to secure your loved ones’ future.
- evaluating and explaining to you the pros and cons of your estate plan
- discussing with you any available options and our proposed strategies as it relates to your estate plan
- providing guidance and recommendations regarding estate planning
- quickly and effectively communicating with you during each step of the process so that you are not left in the dark
- taking your case solely on a contingent fee basis
- and drafting and enacting legally binding estate planning documents
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Accordingly, the attorneys at AZ Law Firm will always provide you with a free initial consultation. During this initial consultation, our estate planning lawyers will evaluate your case, inform you of any legal options that may be available, and allow you to ask any questions that you may have. AZ Law Firm offers affordable rates for all our clients and will work with you on payment plans. Our firm accepts checks, debit cards, and most major credit cards to cover the costs of your legal representation.