If you own property, you should have a will and testament, as it establishes who inherits your property upon your death. In this document, you also state who is in charge of distributing your property. If you have minor children, a will and testament allows you to appoint their guardian. In the state of Texas, you can draft your own will and testament without hiring an attorney, either by creating one online or by writing a holographic will by hand. Online services for drafting your own will are also available.
Drafting a last will and testament allows you to decide how you want your assets divided among your heirs after you've died. Should you choose to revise an existing will, you can make any necessary changes simply by adding a properly prepared addendum. You can add an addendum to a pre-existing will by drafting the necessary legal documents and ensuring that they are signed and dated by yourself and witnesses. You will also need to include a self-proving affidavit which states that the will's addendum is valid. An addendum, also known as a codicil, is a legal document that allows you to modify an existing will without revoking it in its entirety.
By writing and signing a will, you specify how you want your property distributed when you die. After death, the law requires wills to be proved in court, a process known as probate. Texas laws do not require wills to be notarized, but notarizing a will may speed up the probate process.