Dying without a will is called dying “intestate” and the law requires your property to go to your “heirs at law”. If you die intestate, you’ll have no control over who inherits your legacy.
Instead, Texas law provides a framework for distributing your legacy among your surviving family members. There are many complex rules for inheritance under intestacy laws; the most concise explanation is, “It’s complicated.”
The outcome under Texas law may not align with your wishes, which means it’s generally advisable to create a last will and testament.
In most situations, property will pass to spouses, children, or other family members. In worst case scenarios where no family can be identified, your legacy could revert to the State of Texas.
Sometimes out-of-state wills don’t meet the requirements of a Texas will. If you have a California will, you’ll probably need to get a new will that complies with Texas law. Hunter Sargent, PLLC will restructure your out-of-state will to conform to Texas law so you can rest easy knowing your legacy is protected.