The Texas Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows a person, referred to as a Testator to officiate their wishes in regards to their estate. In Texas, Title 57 of the Texas Probate Code is the governing statute that enforces wills written in the state of Texas. These statutes dictate that all wills in the state must be witnessed by two (2) individuals and that the Testator must be at least 18 years of age, legally married, or a member of the U.S Armed Forces. In addition, this statute specifies any alternative wills that may be used in Texas. For example, Holographic, also known as Handwritten Wills are recognized by the state of Texas, as long as they are wholly written by the Testator. Oral Wills, also known as a Nuncupative Wills, are also recognized by the state of Texas; however, they must be created in the last sickness of the Testator where he or she lived for at least 10 days before passing away.
Completing a Last Will and Testament in Texas requires only a few steps, yet requires attention to detail to ensure that an "airtight" will is created, to ensure that there is no confusion amongst the beneficiaries. The first thing that the Testator should provide his or her full name and complete address. The next piece of information that the Testator must do is provide the information on their appointed Executor. Once the Executor has been named, the Testator may then begin to name beneficiaries and declare what they will inherit. It is important that all aspects of the estate be accounted for to avoid disagreements between beneficiaries. Once all wishes have been listed and all beneficiaries have been named, the Testator will sign the will, followed by his or her two witnesses. Once all signatures have been accounted for, the will may then take effect, and be given to any institutions that would need it.