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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.

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…

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 Her mother’s Will was outdated, and needed to be updated.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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…