Waco Will Lawyer
Drafting & Contesting a Last Will & Testament
A will, formally referred to as a Last Will and Testament, is a legal document that describes one’s final wishes. A will may include stipulations regarding one’s estate and how it is to be distributed amongst beneficiaries: dependents, family members, friends, and charities. One may also assert one’s wishes regarding the care of minor children or family members with special needs, as well as include special stipulations regarding burial or funeral arrangements.
If you would like to talk about drafting a will or have questions regarding contesting a will during probate proceedings, a Waco will lawyer at Rainey & Rainey may be able to help. Our attorneys have more than four decades of legal experience and a strong commitment to protecting our clients’ rights in all matters related to elder law, estate planning, and probate.
Call Rainey & Rainey today at (254) 826-8151 to get started.
Do I Need a Will?
There are many benefits one can experience by creating a will:
- Prevent family members from fighting over specific items or heirlooms.
- Make sure specific loved ones are taken care of when you pass on.
- Help make assets immediately available to your dependents.
- Avoid having the court distribute your assets as it sees fit, instead of in accordance with your wishes.
- Assign custody of your minor children or other dependents.
- Ensure your exact wishes are carried out after you pass.
Do not let your wishes and rights be jeopardized by an invalid will. Work with a Waco will attorney at our firm and feel better knowing that your Last Will and Testament will hold up in probate court.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Preparing My Will?
Any adult who is of sound mind can generally create their own will. However, it can be highly beneficial to consult with an attorney when making a will, particularly if you have a complex estate situation.
You should consult with a lawyer about will preparation if:
- You have a high-value estate
- You want to put a complex inheritance plan in place
- You own a business
- You have concerns about someone contesting your will
- You need to disinherit a beneficiary
- You have a special needs beneficiary
Understanding Texas Laws Regarding Wills
Texas has some specific laws regarding the creation and legal recognition of wills. Most importantly, Texas does recognize both oral and holographic, or written, wills.
When drafting a will, the testator must be a legal adult, or 18 years and older, and also must be of sound mind. The will must be attested by at least two credible witnesses who are at least 14 years of age.
The only exception to any of these rules is in the case of a holographic will, written in the testator's handwriting. This will can be self-proved by the testator attaching an affidavit stating that this is their last will.
Preparing Your Will with Our Waco Lawyer
Our Waco attorney for creating a will can guide you through the process by helping you with:
- Choosing what property to include
- Choosing who will inherit your property, with alternatives
- Choosing an executor, guardian for your children, and someone to manage your minor children's property
With a legally sound will, you can experience peace of mind in knowing that your wishes will be carried out to the letter when you pass.
Contact our firm at (254) 826-8151 to learn more!