The law gives you the freedom to decide how and to whom your assets are distributed when you die by making a Will.
If you die without a Will, your assets will be distributed to your heirs according to a statutory formula. You can learn more about Texas’ rules of descent and distribution by reading Dying Without a Will: The Texas Intestacy Statutes.
The only time your property will be transferred to the State of Texas is if there are no heirs available to inherit your assets. Before it can claim any property, the State of Texas must file a petition and prove that there are no heirs to the estate.