Planning for the execution of your last will and testament requires not only drafting the initial document but planning for future changes as well. While a will doesn’t have an expiration date, certain conditions can make the will difficult or impossible to execute. Understanding conditions that can invalidate a will in Texas allows you to plan for the unexpected.
What makes a will go stale?
Your will never expires, but failure to update your will on a regular basis can make it invalid. In many states, marriage provides automatic protection for your spouse and kids. Even if you don’t update your will, many states provide protection for your legal family under pretermitted heir laws.
Planning the execution of your estate with an attorney, however, allows you to avoid potential future issues. While a stale will serves as a valid legal document, an updated one will makes it easier to ensure your beneficiaries don’t have to worry about a scenario where the terms of the document no longer apply. In your estate planning, you must consider what happens if the beneficiaries of your will pass away or can’t receive the benefits laid out for them.
Keeping your will updated also ensures that beneficiaries who are not legally related to you can benefit from your estate if you want them to. An updated will also prevents distribution of your assets by the state under intestacy laws.
Getting legal help to protect your will
Seeking help when planning and updating your will can bring peace of mind that your last wishes are carried out. A qualified attorney can get your initial will prepared. As your life circumstances inevitably change, your lawyer can help update your will to ensure it remains valid.