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A will is a powerful legal instrument that outlines what you want to happen to your estate after you die. Once you craft a will, you will name your heirs, a guardian for your minor children (if you have any), and what is called an executor for your will. The executor is the person who will be in charge of collecting and distributing your assets. A will is only enforceable if it adheres to the laws in Texas. For this reason, it's a wise idea to enlist the services of a competent Dallas business law attorney who is familiar with Texas laws and how they apply to wills.
In order for you to make a valid will, you must be of legal age (18 in most states). What's more, the courts must consider that you were of "sound mind" or that you "have testamentary capacity" at the time you signed the will. This means that you understand that you are creating a will that will distribute your assets and property upon your death.
The Importance of Proper Execution
A will must be properly executed, and according to your state's procedure. There is a will-signing procedure that is required by the state of Texas. In fact, many states, probate laws are far stricter on the procedure for which wills are executed than the actual substance contained within the will itself. This means that if you fail to adhere to the witnessing requirements, your will can be rendered invalid. Therefore, following proper execution procedure is critical to drafting an effective will that is deemed enforceable by the courts.
In order for a will to be valid and true, it must reflect your express intentions for the distribution of your property. It cannot reflect someone else's intentions. It is not uncommon for heirs to challenge a will, claiming that it was signed under undue influence which did not represent your distinct choices. On the other hand, fraud can mean that someone tricked you, or you made an error because you weren't aware of certain facts when you wrote the will.
Professional Legal Assistance for Wills in Dallas
When you worked your entire life to build an estate and a legacy you can pass on to your children, your spouse, your loved ones or a charity that is close to your heart, you want to make sure that your estate is distributed according to your wishes. Hiring an attorney from the Marina Legal Group can ensure that your will is drafted according to law, and your ultimate wishes are honored to the fullest. After you have created a will, you can freely make changes or revoke it as you see fit, and the courts will not enforce a revoked will. Our goal is to help you craft a powerful and effective legal instrument which clearly illustrates what is to happen to your property after you die. We urge you to contact our firm to get started planning for the future of your estate.
Contact a Dallas business lawyer from the Marina Legal Group for professional legal assistance drafting your will.