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Drafting the Ideal Will for Your Needs

Developing a thorough will is crucial if you want to ensure you and your loved ones receive appropriate care in the event you pass away or become incapacitated.

At The Law Office of Derek S. Ritchie, PLLC, our San Antonio will lawyers have the estate planning experience to help you draft a legally enforceable, comprehensive will.

To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (210) 702-2203.

Common Terms in Wills

Understanding the following terms will help you navigate the process of drafting and signing your will more easily:

  • Testator: The person who drafts and executes (signs) the will.
  • Beneficiary: An individual named in a will to receive property.
  • Decedent: A deceased individual.
  • Executor/Personal Representative/Administrator: A person who helps the probate court distribute property in a will.
  • Probate court: The court responsible for executing a will after a testator’s death and ensuring their end-of-life wishes are honored.

With that covered, let’s move on to the process of drafting a will in Texas.

What Are the Requirements to Execute a Will in TX?

To create a will in Texas, the testator must be of sound mind. That means they understand how the will could impact their life (and the lives of their beneficiaries) and are fully aware of the ramifications of the will as they draft and sign it. A person with a mental disability or disorder such as dementia or Alzheimer’s may sign a will, but if someone can prove in court the will was executed by someone without sound mind, the probate court may invalidate the will.

In addition to possessing the mental capacity to sign the will, the testator must be at least 18 years of age. An estate planning attorney can help you draft a comprehensive will that meets your needs, but most wills contain the following:

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