Frequently Asked Questions:

Do You Have Questions About Making Your Will?

Here are some of frequently asked questions and answers:

  1. Who can make a Will in Texas?

    Anyone who is 18 years of age or older can make a Will. This individual, also known as a testator, must be of sound mind.

  2. Do I need witnesses to my signature to make a will valid?

    Texas law requires that you have at least two witnesses.

  3. Do I need an attorney to create a will?

    No, you do not need an attorney to create a Will. However, an attorney can ensure that your Will is well thought out and comprehensive. An attorney can guide you through the Will creation process and help ensure that important considerations are not overlooked. An attorney can also make sure something was not missed in order for the will to be valid and executable.

  4. What are the benefits of having a Will?

    Having a Will gives you and your loved ones two big benefits: First, you dictate who gets your property. And second, you decide who is in charge of your estate.

  5. Is there any property that a Will won't control distribution of?

    Yes, there is certain property that will not be distributed through the administration of your Will. First, any Payable on Death or Transfer on Death accounts will pass to the individual listed on the account as the person the account should transfer to upon the account holders death. Second, proceeds from life insurance policies will pass to the beneficiary listed in your life insurance policy. Third, and property held as joint tenancy with right of survivorship will pass to the joint tenant you hold the property with. And fourth, your retirement accounts will pass according to your designation in the contract.

  6. What is probate?

    Probate is the process by which your debts are paid and your assets are distributed. A Will can make it easier for your estate to get settled without a lengthy and potentially costly court proceeding to finalize your affairs.

Make your wishes known. Early planning eases worry and creates peace of mind for you and your loved ones. Call or contact Michelle lbeling at The Law Office of Carl Knickerbocker, P.C., to schedule your initial planning consultation at 512-943-7551