What Makes a Will Legally Valid?

A holographic, or handwritten will, may create good dramatic tension for the movies, but most people prefer a more proactive approach. With an attested will, you can plan for the transfer of your assets in advance.

We Know How To Protect The Validity of Your Will

Under Texas law, the author of the will, or testator, must sign the written document. As the testator, you must also attest it in the presence of two witnesses over the age of 14. A self-proving affidavit, signed by you and two witnesses before a notary public, is an additional timesaving option. If the will is probated, the affidavit spares your witnesses from testifying to the validity of the will in court.

We Can Help You With An Attested Will

These procedures are designed to show that you, as the testator, were mentally competent and not unduly influenced to make your attested will. In order to revise your will, you must repeat these execution steps. Consequently, the requirements also protect against fraudulent alterations of the will.

An attested will is a good place to start because it prompts discussion of related estate planning topics. For example, your will may name guardians for your minor children and incorporate by reference any trusts that you have set up for your children. You will may also reference any advance health care directives.

Contact An Experienced Wills And Trusts Attorney

With a masters in taxation and a board certification in estate planning and probate law, attorney Thomas G. Bassler has the experience you can trust. Start planning for your loved ones' future today. To schedule your free initial consultation, contact us online or call 210-826-8885.