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Old 10-12-2021, 10:02 AM   #1
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Im sure there are a hundred posts on this, but when I try to search it excludes will every time.

One thing the wife and I have drug our feet on is creating a will. We just started looking into it today and our first quote from an attorney in town was a grand. Seemed high. Thoughts?
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:04 AM   #2
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I created mine here, https://www.legalzoom.com/personal/estate-planning
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:10 AM   #3
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Im sure there are a hundred posts on this, but when I try to search it excludes will every time.

One thing the wife and I have drug our feet on is creating a will. We just started looking into it today and our first quote from an attorney in town was a grand. Seemed high. Thoughts?

We did one after my wifes mother passed without a will. This was several years ago and that is about what we paid. It cost a lot more than that to get my mother in laws affairs in order and my is an only child.
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Seek out an attorney that is Board Certified in Estate Planning. Worth the investment of "your" investments.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:56 AM   #5
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A Holographic will is legal in Texas. You can write it yourself.

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Old 10-12-2021, 11:04 AM   #6
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4 things
1. last will testament
2. medical power of attorney
3. durable power of attorney
4. directive to physicians and family or surrogates

All 4 can be done by a lawyer for around $350 to $500...depending.

Trust me...all these needed because god forbid something happens and none of these are done...its a nightmare for those trying to figure out estate, monies, burial, on and on.

Don't believe the youtube or free stuff online...just pay for a lawyer who does this for a living.
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:36 AM   #7
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Seek out an attorney that is Board Certified in Estate Planning. Worth the investment of "your" investments.
This is the best advice you'll ever get on the subject.
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:40 AM   #8
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4 things
1. last will testament
2. medical power of attorney
3. durable power of attorney
4. directive to physicians and family or surrogates

All 4 can be done by a lawyer for around $350 to $500...depending.

Trust me...all these needed because god forbid something happens and none of these are done...its a nightmare for those trying to figure out estate, monies, burial, on and on.

Don't believe the youtube or free stuff online...just pay for a lawyer who does this for a living.

THIS TOTALLY - if you are going to do it then do it the right way - way too important to DIY
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:46 PM   #9
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Wife and I did a trust for our granddaughter due to some exceptional family circumstances that we wanted to be sure the inheritance didn't fall into the wrong hands in the event one parent passed first. Not cheap, but peace of mind is priceless.
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:52 PM   #10
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This!
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:53 PM   #11
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4 things
1. last will testament
2. medical power of attorney
3. durable power of attorney
4. directive to physicians and family or surrogates

All 4 can be done by a lawyer for around $350 to $500...depending.

Trust me...all these needed because god forbid something happens and none of these are done...its a nightmare for those trying to figure out estate, monies, burial, on and on.

Don't believe the youtube or free stuff online...just pay for a lawyer who does this for a living.

Yes and while my initial one cost around that...the last one I had refreshed (new lawyer as other retired) was around $700.
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:56 PM   #12
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A Holographic will is legal in Texas. You can write it yourself.

How To Make a Valid Will In Less Than Four Minutes - YouTube
This guy gets it. Screw lawyers.
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This guy gets it. Screw lawyers.
Brilliant statement. While a holistic will is better than dying intestate (and you can also find POA and DPOA forms online), depending on the assets and complexity of the estate, provisions for children etc., it makes sense for a lot of people to have a lawyer actually perform legal work.
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Old 10-12-2021, 06:49 PM   #14
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We went with a lawyer after my mother passed and got the will, poa, medical poa, etc. I then ran into another lawyer several years later that convinced me to get a Transfer On Death Deed (TODD) for our home & land. The TODD is online and easy to complete and will avoid the probate process.

Don't just do a will!
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Old 10-12-2021, 06:58 PM   #15
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Why do you continue to show your ignorance?
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Brilliant statement. While a holographic will is better than dying intestate (and you can also find POA and DPOA forms online), depending on the assets and complexity of the estate, provisions for children etc., it makes sense for a lot of people to have a lawyer actually perform legal work.
Or a holistic holographic will.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:09 PM   #17
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4 things
1. last will testament
2. medical power of attorney
3. durable power of attorney
4. directive to physicians and family or surrogates

All 4 can be done by a lawyer for around $350 to $500...depending.

Trust me...all these needed because god forbid something happens and none of these are done...its a nightmare for those trying to figure out estate, monies, burial, on and on.

Don't believe the youtube or free stuff online...just pay for a lawyer who does this for a living.
Pretty much sums it up ...
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:37 PM   #18
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I guess you like lawyers, Randy.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:45 PM   #19
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For some of the most important documents in your life and to alleviate any problems for your Family get a licensed/certified lawyer to prepare these. Do this correctly to not have problems. Why take chances you missed something.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:47 PM   #20
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I'm leaving everything to my wife, she is 16 years younger than me. She can get a will after I croak.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:50 PM   #21
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I'm leaving everything to my wife, she is 16 years younger than me. She can get a will after I croak.
If you have kids it’s not that simple in Tx.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:55 PM   #22
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I got kids, she has kids, why do you say its not that simple? I'm interested........
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:59 PM   #23
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I got kids, she has kids, why do you say its not that simple? I'm interested........
If you want to dictate who receives your assets and not the state of Tx get a legal binding will for you and your wife.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:59 PM   #24
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I got kids, she has kids, why do you say its not that simple? I'm interested........
Because the Texas rules for intestate succession are pretty jacked up. She won't get much from you if you die without a will.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:00 PM   #25
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Guys, I am talking about the will in post #5.
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I guess you like lawyers, Randy.
Believe it or not Mr B was telling you this for a reason. From what I have seen from him he doesnít just make these comments for the heck of it on matters such as this topic.
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I got kids, she has kids, why do you say its not that simple? I'm interested........
Even more of a reason to have wills for each of you.
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Believe it or not Mr B was telling you this for a reason. From what I have seen from him he doesnít just make these comments for the heck of it on matters such as this topic.
Yeah, I respect his opinions but this was just a swipe at me for dissing bloodsucking lawyers.
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Even more of a reason to have wills for each of you.
If I want to leave every single asset I own to my wife only, then why can't I just put that in a handwritten will?
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If I want to leave every single asset I own to my wife only, then why can't I just put that in a handwritten will?
Holographic wills generally donít have a non-attestation clause and certainly not a self-proving affidavit etc. A will written on a napkin is a valid will (if all in testatorís hand, signed . . . ), but it may also be subject to a great amount of scrutiny. Not a wise choice.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:16 PM   #31
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If I want to leave every single asset I own to my wife only, then why can't I just put that in a handwritten will?
Do what you feel is best for your specific situation. Life experiences that I have seen where due to the Tx laws on this topic it left the surviving spouses without the necessary funds needed to raise their families. Why chance something so important if a technicality could cause unneeded problems in such a terrible time. This can be researched very easily on the internet. Good luck.
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If I want to leave every single asset I own to my wife only, then why can't I just put that in a handwritten will?
She will have a LOT of red tape to go through, and if any of her, or your, children want to cause a problem over it, it could be even worse. It's almost always a good idea to have an attorney draw up a will. I don't like spending money on attorneys, either...

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Old 10-12-2021, 08:28 PM   #33
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If I want to leave every single asset I own to my wife only, then why can't I just put that in a handwritten will?
What if you die together in a car wreck?
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:29 PM   #34
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Okay, okay.....I will update my will instead of handwriting one. I just hate lawyers so much.....
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:29 PM   #35
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Yes you can do a holographic will. Yes you can do a Will online. Yes it may work. But more likely than not, your hard earned money you wanted to leave to your heirs will go to attorneys trying to make sense of what you intended but messed up. Cheaper in the long run to pay someone to do it right the first time.


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Okay, okay.....I will update my will instead of handwriting one. I just hate lawyers so much.....
Would you care to share what makes you hate lawyers so much, just to put some context on the situation? You carry a lot of anger so there must be a specific reason.
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Yes you can do a holographic will. Yes you can do a Will online. Yes it may work. But more likely than not, your hard earned money you wanted to leave to your heirs will go to attorneys trying to make sense of what you intended but messed up. Cheaper in the long run to pay someone to do it right the first time.


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Note: I do Wills and contest Wills for a living. I can assure those of you wondering that the living contesting Wills is much better than the living creating Wills. Just an FYI for those on the fence.
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Old 10-13-2021, 06:36 AM   #38
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Be careful with the hand written wills. We learned the hard way with my dad's.
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Öif you and your wife both die in a car wreck tomorrow, what will happen will be a fustercluck and cost more than a professionally prepared will in advance.
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My brother in law's estate is currently intestate. It's a messy process that we've just begun, and he really had no assets. I can't image a complicated estate with multiple heirs being intestate. Very good advice to have an attorney draw up a will. It's so much cleaner in the end.
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And most all investment, bank, credit union accounts have beneficiaries that you can list. FILL THEM OUT and KEEP THEM UPDATED!!!!!

Several times I have given funds to an Ex because the account cards were not updated.
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And most all investment, bank, credit union accounts have beneficiaries that you can list. FILL THEM OUT and KEEP THEM UPDATED!!!!!

Several times I have given funds to an Ex because the account cards were not updated.
Yep. Its called Payable on Death. My father did not have a will but he did have POD setup on his bank accounts.
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Had ours done by a very good attorney here in town along with everything else that goes with one, power of attorney and suck, $500
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Would you care to share what makes you hate lawyers so much, just to put some context on the situation? You carry a lot of anger so there must be a specific reason.
I had two that I fired and got my money back or account debt cancelled. That should tell you something cause bloodsucking lawyers don't give back money or cancel debt.
The first was a family lawyer in Galveston county, she was also running for office and the case I filed for child custody was going very slowly. My stupid ex made the mistake of telling me that her lawyer was my lawyer's campaign treasurer. When I confronted the witch with that info, she withdrew as my lawyer and gave me my retension fee back in full.
The second lawyer was an eminent domain lawyer in Brazoria county. I wasn't getting much done on my case against the county. One day, the county contractors trespassed on my land and were using a Cat on the bridge by the creek. I used my truck on my property to block them from exiting. They even called the sheriff and the deputy told them there wasn't anything they could do. I had them by the short hairs. Next thing, my stinkin lawyer calls me and advises me that the county told them they would up their offer to me, to unblock the Cat. I took that POS advice and moved my truck. They moved the machinery and the offer did not go up a dollar. When I went to the POS office to fire him, he forgave the rest of my bill.
My view on lawyers is that they are prostitutes who work for which side pays the most. I still have to use lawyers from time to time, but I use toilet paper to wipe myself as well. Same thing.

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Sounds like you’re smarter than all of them so you should just quit using them, period, and do it all yourself.
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Sounds like youíre smarter than all of them so you should just quit using them, period, and do it all yourself.
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Old 10-13-2021, 11:36 PM   #49
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Sounds like youíre smarter than all of them so you should just quit using them, period, and do it all yourself.
Iím pretty sure he hates anyone that is required to get an education for their profession. He has similar rants against the medical community.
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Sounds like youíre smarter than all of them so you should just quit using them, period, and do it all yourself.
You asked and i told you. As I expected, you would take up for the bloodsuckers. There are times I need to use a lawyer, such as setting up my LLC, but I don't trust them worth a darn. Most people don't like/trust them. But, they are a necessary evil.
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