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Is There A Difference Between A Beneficiary And An Heir?

The words “Beneficiary” and “Heir” are often used interchangeably, but each word has a very specific legal definition. A beneficiary is someone who benefits from the transfer…

Can The Beneficiary Of My Estate Also Be My Executor?

I’ve received several emails the past few weeks asking whether it is possible for a beneficiary of an estate to also serve as executor. Naming someone as…

Can I Add a Self-Proving Affidavit to a Holographic Will?

I have written before about the benefit of adding a self-proving affidavit to an attested Will. Doing so typically save time and expense because it eliminates the…

Who Can Witness My Will in Texas?

Witnesses have a very important role in Will executions. It’s their job to verify that the Testator executed his will and had testamentary capacity and intent to…

What Types of Wills are Recognized In Texas?

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…

How Many Witnesses Need to Sign A Will In Texas?

Texas recognizes two types of written wills and the witness requirements are different for both. Holographic Wills are Wills that are completely in the…

What Is The Difference Between A Living Will And A Last Will and Testament?

Many people confuse Living Wills with Last Wills and Testaments. They sound similar, but serve very different purposes. A Living Will, also known as a Directive to…

Can I Force My Stepmother To Show Me My Deceased Dad’s Will?

Imagine your father, who is no longer married to you mother, dies leaving a Will. He told you that you were a beneficiary of his estate, but…