Families in Texas and across the country are complex. Many include loved ones who are not biologically related, while others may not have a strong relationship with those who are considered kin. As a result, having a will in place can ensure that a person's wishes are met following his or her death rather than having the state make decisions regarding guardianship of children or distribution of assets based on biological ties.
A will serves a variety of functions. In addition to detailing how a person's assets will be divided, it also details guardianship. In some situations, parents prefer to leave their children in the care of a close friend as opposed to a family member. However, without a will in place, the parent's wishes may be unknown or ignored.