Why Have a Will in Texas?
In Texas the probate process is considered to be relatively simple compared to other states. Yet not having a will in Texas subjects the decedent's estate to the laws of Texas regarding distribution of property in cases when a person dies "intestate" (without a will). These laws spell out specifically who will inherit and who will not, what property the heirs will receive and in what share they will take. Thus, the persons to whom you desire to receive property may receive nothing or may receive a part or parts of your estate, while those whom you did not desire to receive all or a portion of your estate would experience a windfall. You might want all or part of your estate to pass to a charitable organization, but that wish would be thwarted because you did not take the time to have your will drafted by a competent attorney.
Call Tom Reino to discuss any questions you have about drafting a will.