A will is a document stating how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. It could not be done verbally; it must be in writing. Any adults over 18 years old of sound mind may make a will. Anyone can draft his/her own will, but only licensed attorneys may draft wills for other people. The State of Texas recognizes holographic wills as well as typed wills.
Other than a will, you should also consider executing the following ancillary documents:
- Medical power of attorney
- HIPAA authorization
- Directive to physicians and family or surrogates
- Durable power of attorney, and
- Declaration of guardian