What Is a Testator?

When looking at the details of a will, there are several terms and ideas that revolve around the testator. As probate law – or the body of law that governs estate plans and property division – requires multiple people to be involved before a will can be executed, knowing what exactly a testator is and what a testator does can help you better understand the overall process.

For more information concerning your options in estate planning, contact the Houston wills and trusts lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., today at 281-362-2865.

Testaments and Testators

In the simplest terms, a testator creates a will, or testament. This individual, often working with an attorney, puts together a plan for his or her estate that goes into effect after death or incapacitation. A testator has the following legal powers and obligations when drafting a will:

  • Adhering to state and federal laws regarding property division
  • Having the power to include clauses for specific individuals or occasions
  • Meeting requirements in terms of mental stability
  • Fulfilling an attestation clause, or verifying the authorship of the will

Of all of the major concerns for someone drafting a will, the legality and documentation side of estate planning can be among the most important. Although a will may precisely divide property according to a testator’s wishes, if it violates the law or was not properly verified by the testator and witnesses, challenges may arise. These challenges can potentially override a will.

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Largely created through courtrooms in common law measures, probate law can be very confusing for the average person. For assistance navigating through your options, contact the Houston wills and trusts attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2865.

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