While Texas does permit handwritten wills, The Cockrell Law Firm strongly discourages individuals from writing their own wills. It is absolutely true that Texas recognizes handwritten wills. “Holographic will” is the legal term. And provided such a will meets ALL of the statutory requirements of the Texas Estates Code, a handwritten will can be valid for probate. But the risk is not worth the small amount of money saved.
Consider this, you are allowed to change your own transmission in your car, but are you familiar enough with the process or willing to learn? With so much at stake, why wouldn’t you pay a reasonably priced professional? Mechanics get paid to do what they do for a reason. So do attorneys.
And if you look into online wills, PLEASE use a Texas attorney who offers this service like TexasWills.com. LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer (despite their names) are not lawyers or law firms. Just read the fine print on the bottom of their pages.
Bottom line – Think about why you are making a will. Isn’t it worth consulting a professional to make sure it is done right for the sake of your loved ones? Hire a Texas lawyer to draft your Texas will and other legal documents.