I Don't Have a Will...Am I Hosed? | Dallas and Highland Park, TX Estate Planning and Probate Attorney

Not having a Will in Texas can lead to disastrous outcomes for your family and heirs.

Here are the top reasons you need a Will and the consequences of dying without one in Texas:

State Control Over Asset Distribution:

Without a Will, the state of Texas decides how your assets are distributed, which may not align with your personal wishes or the needs of your heirs.

Complicated Probate Process:

Dying intestate (without a Will) can result in a more complex, lengthy, and expensive probate process, increasing the burden on your loved ones.

Uncertainty for Minor Children:

Without a Will specifying guardianship, your minor children’s future could be decided by the courts, potentially placing them in an undesirable situation.

Increased Family Conflicts:

The absence of a Will can lead to disputes among family members about asset distribution, leading to strained relationships or legal battles.

Potential for Unintended Heirs:

People you would not choose or expect may inherit your assets under Texas’ intestacy laws if you die without a Will.

Loss of Control Over Special Items:

Without a Will, you lose the opportunity to designate who receives specific items that may have sentimental or monetary value.

Complications for Unmarried Partners:

Unmarried partners may receive nothing from your estate, as Texas law does not recognize them as heirs in the absence of a Will.

Delayed Asset Distribution:

Your heirs may face delays in accessing needed funds or property, as the court process for intestate estates can be time-consuming.

Creating a Will is a crucial step in ensuring your wishes are honored and your family is protected in the event of your death.

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Lori Ashmore Peters
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