People ask,  “When Should I get a Will?”   And, I respond, somewhat jokingly, “Texas already has one for you.”  Technically, the State of Texas doesn’t have a Will for you, but the legislators have enacted a set of defaults in the event you don’t have a Will.  These laws are called laws of “intestate succession.”

So, who would be better at making important decisions about your estate:  politicians or you?

Assuming you’d rather make those decisions, when in your life should you get a Will?

Though it sounds simplistic, I recommend you get a Will before you need one.  The problem is, you don’t know when it will be too late to get a Will.

If you become seriously ill and then decide to finally hire a lawyer to write your Will, there is a higher likelihood that your Will will be challenged in probate court.  For example, in a recent case (In Re Estate of Arrington), a father waited until after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness to write a Will.

I commend this father for trying to care of his family by getting a Will made.  However, in light of the court battle and family fighting that resulted from his last-minute DIY Will, it probably would have been preferable to have had an attorney draft the Will years earlier.

A few hundred dollars to hire an estate planning lawyer to draft a Will could have saved thousands of dollars in legal fees and  could have prevented family fighting.

We can’t always anticipate when we’ll get sick or get injured, so it’s best to be ready.  It’s like Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Despite popular belief, Wills aren’t just for wealthy people or older people; if you have any property and have any family or friends, you should get a Will.  Also, a dedicated Texas Wills attorney will help ensure that your Will is executed properly under Texas law and will minimize the likelihood of a Will contest.

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Visit www.ShuttLawFirm.com for more information on Texas Wills, a Texas Last Will and Testament, deciding when you should get a Will, if you should get a Will, the problem with online Wills or online Wills, contact Dallas, Texas lawyer Isaac Shutt at ishutt@shuttlawfirm.com.  

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

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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’re looking for a Dallas, TX law office for probate, Dallas Wills Lawyer, Dallas estate planning law, power of attorney near Dallas, TX, or guardianship attorney in Dallas area.

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