The FAQ’s of Estate Planning #3: Can I Use a Form From the Internet?

An Important question that we hear frequently: “Can I Use a Form From the Internet to Create My Own Will?”

The Answer:  The law allows for you to use a form off the internet, but again, this is not a great idea.  These forms are not usually specific to the laws of Texas, so we frequently see clients bring in a loved one’s Will that was created off the internet only to find out that it was missing a requirement under Texas law and is either invalid or is going to require more effort and expense to probate.  Unfortunately, by the time they make this discovery, their loved one has passed away, and the problems cannot be fixed.  These problems can generally be avoided by having a qualified attorney assist in the preparation of the Will.