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Is a will all I need?

Knowing where to begin with estate planning can be rather confusing. There is a lot of information out there and numerous opinions about what should and should not be included. For instance, many Texas residents may be unsure about which documents they really need -- such trusts or wills. This week's column is going to address what a will is and if it alone will meet your estate planning goals.

What exactly is a will? To many, a will is the foundation of an estate plan. In this document you will name beneficiaries and specifics about property distribution. You can also name personal representatives to handle your affairs if you become incapacitated or in the event of your death.

Texas laws do not necessarily require you to have an attorney to help you create your will. However, this is not really something that makes for a good do-it-yourself project. Those who take that route may find that the final product does not offer all the protections needed or desired. To learn more about wills and why having an attorney assist you with your estate plan really is the way to go, please visit our firm's website.

will may be all that is needed for some Texas residents. For others, it is a good starting point and sets a strong foundation for a full estate plan. There are various other legal documents that can help you make sure you and your loved ones are fully protected in the event of your incapacitation or death. An experienced attorney will be able to assist you with your estate planning goals by reviewing your situation and helping you creating a plan that fits your individual needs.

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