Wills For Mom and Dad


Should You Help Get Your Parents Wills?

If your parents still haven’t gotten around to getting wills done by an attorney, here are some reasons to encourage mom and dad to hire a lawyer for wills:

  • They will feel better. Many of my clients have been putting off getting wills for decades.  They all have their own reasons for procrastinating, but they all share one thing in common:  after they get wills, they wonder why they waited so long.  Mom and Dad will rest easier at night knowing there’s a plan for their family if something happens to them.  That alone is worth the price of getting wills.
  • Having wills saves families money. As a probate attorney practicing in the Dallas and Collin County area, I cam assure you that probate court costs are much lower when there’s a good, valid Texas Last Will & Testament.  This is because there are fewer legal steps required to transfer property to heirs when there’s a will.
  • Your parents want a say. If your parents die without a will, they don’t get to pick who inherits their property in Texas.  Dying without a will is called “dying intestate.”  If your parents die intestate, then Texas intestacy laws state who the legal heirs are.  In other words, if your parents die without a will, the State of Texas has one for them.
  • Having wills saves hassle and stress. If your parents have wills prepared by an attorney, their wills will get in and out of court in less than a month.  In fact, many of my probate cases are completely finished in 2-3 weeks.  However, if your parents die without wills, the legal probate process will take a month or two, even if everything goes smoothly.  The reason it takes longer is because there is much more legal work to do.  This makes sense when you consider that the State of Texas needs to verify who all the heirs are, if there is no will.
  • Having wills prevents conflict. If your parents go to an attorney for their wills, you’ll notice that the wills are longer than you might have expected.  What are all those provisions the attorney added to the wills?  Most of the added length comes from provisions designed to minimize hassle, expense, and fighting over the estate.  For example, there are “no contest clauses,” there are provisions to help save taxes, there are provisions to minimize the amount of interaction with the probate court.

All told, you have an interest in helping your parents get wills.  They may be trying to save money, or they may not want the hassle of hiring an wills attorney. However, by trying to save hundreds by not getting wills done, they may be costing the family thousands in probate court cost after they pass away.  Also, although it may take them a week before the estate attorney can finish their wills, if they die without wills, that could add months to the probate court process after they die (not to mention the added stress on the family).



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To ask a legal question or get legal help from a probate attorney in the Dallas, TX area, use the online contact form to the right or call (214) 302-8197. If you prefer to meet at the office in person in Richardson, TX- the attorney will gladly offer a free consultation.

Visit www.ShuttLawFirm.com for more information on why you should help get your parents wills, what happens if mom dies or dad dies without a will in Texas, the cost of probate in Texas, or the cost to get wills in Texas, contact Richardson, Texas Probate Attorney Isaac Shutt at ishutt@shuttlawfirm.com.

Shutt Law Firm’s office is conveniently located just north of Dallas, TX and just South of Plano, TX.  The law office is near the intersection of highway 75 and Campbell Road in Richardson, TX.


You can also call Mr. Shutt at (214) 302-8197 for more information on the topic discussed in this article or to discuss a different legal matter. For existing clients, quick phone-calls and brief e-mails are always free at Shutt Law Firm PLLC. Please consider the Shutt Law Firm if you need letters testamentary, how to serve as executor in Texas, how to probate in Dallas County Probate Courts or the Collin County Probate Court, a Texas Last Will and Testament, or you need a probate attorney in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Garland, Addison, TX, Collin County, or surrounding North Texas area.


DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this brief article constitutes legal advice. The information provided herein is merely provided in the spirit of education. If you have a legal question, you should consult an attorney for your specific legal situation. Further, nothing in this article shall be construed to have started an attorney-client relationship. No such relationship exists until both you and attorney Isaac Shutt sign an engagement letter with the Shutt Law Firm, PLLC.

Probate Attorney, Wills Lawyer, and Guardianship Attorney

By Isaac Shutt