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Requirements of creating a valid will

As one of our Texas readers, you may have created a will in the past to ensure that your property is distributed as you wish upon your death. At the same time, you may be one of those people who need to make changes to one's will or create this legal document for the first time.

Regardless of your situation, there are requirements of creating a valid will that must not be overlooked. You want to do everything right the first time, as this will put your mind at ease. It will also help your loved ones avoid any potential trouble when you pass on.

According to the National Paralegal College, there are four requirements that make up the creation of a valid will:

"The will must have been executed with testamentary intent; the testator must have had testamentary capacity; the will must have been executed free of fraud, duress, undue influence or mistake; and the will must have been duly executed through a proper ceremony."

With so many questions to answer when creating a will, it can be a challenge to make the right decisions. Furthermore, it is unanswered questions that hold many people back from creating a will, among other legal documents, despite the fact that they know how important this is.

It is essential to understand the requirements of creating a valid will, as this will instill confidence that everything is in its proper place and that your estate will be cared for appropriately after your death. To protect against all concerns, many opt to consult with an estate planning attorney.

Source: National Paralegal College, "Statutory Requirements for a Valid Written Will" Oct. 01, 2014

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