Learn more at Estate Planning: Planning Who Gets Your Property (by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid). Estate planning can include planning for what happens if you become incapacitated. See all Wills & Estate Planning resources.
Do-It-Yourself Guide for Handwritten Wills
This do-it-yourself guide has been created in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting limits on people's ability to meet with attorneys and others.
You can also watch this video by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas: When and How to Do a Handwritten Will.
Transfer on Death Deeds
TexasLawHelp offers information and forms for transfer on death deeds.
Supported Decision Making Agreements
Supported decision-making lets you make your own decisions and stay in charge of your life, while getting the help and assistance you need to do so. All people need and use support to make important life decisions. Even if a person with a disability needs extra help to make significant life decisions, their right to make their own choices should not be taken away. Using a supported decision-making agreement, a person with a disability chooses someone they trust to serve as their supporter.
Under a supported decision-making agreement, the supporter CAN help a person with a disability:
- Understand the options, responsibilities, and consequences of their decisions.
- Obtain and understand information relevant to their decisions.
- Communicate their decisions to the appropriate people.
Under a supported decision-making agreement, the supporter CANNOT make a decision for a person with a disability.
TexasLawHelp offers checklist to help set up supported decisionmaking.
Directive to Physicians/Living Will
Video - Attorney Explanation of Directive to Physician Form (Rebekah Brooker)
Description: Statutory form used to specify whether life support will be withheld or withdrawn when you are incapacitated and are in a “terminal condition” or an “irreversible condition.” Can avoid the need for a gof the person if an agent is named. Signing: Requires two adult witnesses (one of whom must be qualified) or a notary.
Form document derived from the TexasManual 4th Edition provided compliments of TexasBarBooks.
Declaration of Guardian for Children
Description: Allows you to name a guardian of the person and/or guardian of the(if any) for a minor child or incapacitated adult child for the to appoint if you are deceased or incapacitated. Appointment can also be made in a valid Will to take effect upon your death. The remaining is a natural guardian of the person. Signing: May be entirely handwritten by you and signed without witnesses, or typed and signed with two witnesses, and may also be self-proved with a notary. Form document from the Texas Guardianship Manual 4th Edition provided compliments of TexasBarBooks.
When and How to Do a Handwritten Will - LANWT video
See Legal Aid of Northwest Texas' video: When and How to Do a Handwritten Will.
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Handwritten wills can be valid under specific circumstances.
This article discusses some different methods for handling an estate—the property owned and debt held by a person—in Texas.
This article answers frequently asked questions about using a small estate affidavit to probate an estate in Texas.
List of mandatory information in a small estate affidavit
A Transfer on Death Deed is a way that Texans can pass on land or a house without a will.
This article provides information and resources about applications to determine heirship in Texas.