Waco Wills Attorney
What is a Will?
A will formally refers 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. 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 lawyer at Rainey & Rainey may be able to help. Our attorneys for wills have more than four decades of experience in legal issues related to wills. We also have a strong commitment to protecting our clients’ rights in all matters related to elder law, estate planning, personal injury, and probate.
Reach out to an attorney for drafting your will in Waco, TX. Call Rainey & Rainey today at (254) 826-8151 for legal advice and assistance.
What are the Benefits of Creating 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 after your passing
- Help make assets and real estate 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 to Prepare 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
Tips for Choosing a Wills Attorney
How do you find a good estate planning attorney to help you create your will? There are specific guidelines you can follow when it comes to selecting the right attorney for you.
- Select an attorney with great reviews. Learn from others’ experiences instead of just who the attorney says they are.
Interview your prospects. Feel free to speak with your top candidates to
ask some probing questions. Here are some you can ask:
- How long have you been in practice?
- What method will you take to communicate with me?
- Who will be my point of contact?
- How will you charge (hourly or fixed)?
- Are there any charges not included in the rate?
- Get a referral from an attorney or advisor you trust
- Ensure the attorney you are selecting is knowledgeable on estate planning.
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 wills 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
We can also help you with other documents to protect your wishes in the future, including drafting a power of attorney.
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 Waco law firm at (254) 826-8151 to learn more about creating a will!