What Happens If You Die Without A Will

Without a will, Texas law takes control of your estate. A probate court will identify your heirs, pay your estate debts and distribute your remaining assets according to default rules called intestate succession. In many instances, that results in an outcome that you would not have chosen. For that reason, a will is important regardless of the size of your estate.

Estate Planning Includes Planning For Incapacity

There may also be other consequences of not creating an estate plan. Many clients want to name someone to make decisions for them in the event they become incapacitated. We can help you name a medical power of attorney and a durable power of attorney for your medical and financial affairs, respectively. In addition, an advanced directive for health care can specify the type of life sustaining care you wish to accept or decline. All of these documents can be referenced in your will.

Finally, some assets don't require probate, and thus may not be affected by intestate succession laws. Non-probate assets may include bank accounts with payable on death beneficiaries, life insurance and retirement accounts, and any property that you transferred to a trust.

Contact An Attorney And Get Started On Your Will Today

Our law firm offers comprehensive estate planning services. We advise our clients on strategies for avoiding probate, setting up trusts for special situations, naming executors and trustees, and creating advance health care directives and powers of attorney. We have been helping families and businesses throughout south Texas with their estate planning concerns for over 20 years. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us online or call 210-826-8885.