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

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