How to Validate a Will in Texas

David L. Leon Oct. 6, 2016

It's time to address one of the most commonly asked estate planning questions for Texas residents: Do wills have to be filed in order to be valid in Texas?

No. A person does not have to file his or her own will for it to be valid in Texas. In order for a will to be valid, it must be in writing, signed by the testator (the person writing the will) and various other formalities must be met. Some people choose to file their wills with the county clerk’s office for safe keeping, but this is optional. Other people choose to have the original wills filed with their law offices. Most people retain possession of their own wills. You should have your will reviewed by a law office to ensure that it complies with Texas law regarding the execution of the will. Contact Us for more information.