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Basic tips for creating a valid will

There is a big difference between creating a will and creating a valid will. The last thing you want to do is take a risk while you are alive that could negatively impact your family once you pass on.

Fortunately, creating a valid will is not nearly as difficult as it sounds. With the right approach and by answering the appropriate questions, it won't be long before you feel good about the estate planning steps you are taking.

Here are some basic tips for creating a valid will:

-- Make sure you are at least 18 years of age.

-- Be sure to name an executor of the will.

-- The testator (the person creating the will) must sign the document, along with two witnesses.

-- Witnesses should be at least 18 years of age and must witness the testator signing the will.

Do you need to have a will notarized? This is not something you have to do, but it can go a long way in simplifying the probate process upon your death.

Even though it can be simple to create a valid will, don't assume that this is a do it yourself project. This is something that deserves professional attention, as any mistake could have a negative impact on you and/or your loved ones.

Once you create a valid will, you can feel better about your estate plan and what will happen when you pass on. If you have any reason to believe that your will is not valid, you don't have another day to waste. It is time to make changes for the better with your Texas attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "Making a Will FAQs," accessed Feb. 01, 2016

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