Requirements of a Valid Will, Wills

What are the Requirements of a Valid Will in Texas?

Texas attorney Rania Combs discusses the statutory requirements of a valid holographic Will and a valid typewritten Will in Texas.

Requirements of a Valid Will

Do Typewritten Wills Have To Be Witnessed If They Are Notarized?

Her mother signed a typewritten Will six months before she died. The Will had the correct formatting and included all the appropriate sections. It clearly identified all her…

Requirements of a Valid Will, Wills

What are the Mental Requirements for Making a Will?

A concerned daughter contacted me. Her mother’s Will was outdated, and needed to be updated. She has been wanting to make changes for years, but getting this…

Requirements of a Valid Will, Wills

Is A Will Valid if the Testator signed the Will Several Days Before the Witnesses?

Section 251.051 of the Texas Estates Code sets forth the requirements of a valid Will in Texas. It provides that a last will and testament: must…

Requirements of a Valid Will, Wills

Can I Make a Will if I am Physically Incapable of Signing a Document?

A Will is an important document. It allows you to specify who will receive your property when you die. To be valid, certain formalities must be…

Requirements of a Valid Will

Defining “Handwriting” for Purposes of a Holographic Will

In a post explaining the requirements of a valid will in Texas, I wrote that a holographic will…

Requirements of a Valid Will

Is A Texas Will Valid If It Is Not Notarized?

There is no requirement that a Will be notarized in Texas to be valid. The required formalities of a valid Texas Will differ…

Requirements of a Valid Will

Is an Unsigned Will Valid in Texas?

Last week, I discussed why estate planning is important despite our optimistic outlook for the future. The article was prompted by an email I received…

Requirements of a Valid Will

Does the Absence of a Self-Proving Affidavit Invalidate a Will?

Texas recognizes two types of written wills: An attested will is the most common type of Last Will and Testament. To be valid, it must be…

Requirements of a Valid Will

Are Videotaped Wills Recognized in Texas?

Texas recognizes only two types of wills: a holographic (handwritten) will, and an attested (typewritten) will. A videotaped will, in an of itself, has no legal…