What Types of Wills are Recognized In Texas?

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Texas recognizes two types of written Wills.

  1. An attested Will is the most common type of Last Will and Testament. To be valid, it must be in writing, signed by you, or another person at your direction and in your presence, and attested in your presence by at least two credible witnesses over the age of 14.
  2. holographic Will is a Will that must be written completely in your own handwriting, and signed by you. There is no requirement that it be signed by any witnesses.

Before September 1, 2007, Texas authorized oral wills in very limited circumstances; however, effective September 1, 2007, Texas repealed Sections 64 and 65 of the Probate Code, which authorized oral wills. Under the current state of the law, Texas will not recognize an oral will unless it was made before September 1, 2007, and even then, only in very limited circumstances.

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