What happens if I don’t have a will?

In Texas, if you die without a will, it’s called dying “intestate.” Texas law outlines where your assets go when this happens — such as to your spouse or your children or to your parents or siblings if you are not married and have no children. This becomes a bit complicated, though, if you are married when dealing with community property and separate property and particularly if your spouse is not a parent of your children. Even if you are happy with how the state says your property should be distributed, when you don’t have a will, in many cases whoever steps up to be in charge of your estate will have to apply for a Dependent Administration, which can be costly.

Attorney Jana McCreary

Jana R. McCreary's Profile Image
Houston Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Jana R. McCreary has been an attorney for over eighteen years, a career move she made after working for over a decade with adults and children with intellectual disabilities and mental illness. Graduatin… Read More

Contact Me Today for a Consultation