A person's "estate" consists of the property he or she has accumulated over his or her lifetime, as well as the debts he or she owes. In Texas, as in other states, a person can direct how his or her estate will be distributed after his or her death by writing a will. If a Texan does not write a will, the estate will be distributed according to the Texas intestate statute, meaning the law governing the estates of those state residents who leave no will. You must be at least 18 to write a valid will in Texas.
Write "Last Will of [Your Name]" at the top of the document. Beneath this title, write "I, [your name], being of sound mind and understanding the general nature and extent of my property, hereby declare this document to be my will." This statement proves that you have the "testamentary capacity" that is legally required to write a will.
Describe your family. Another facet of testamentary capacity is an understanding of who your next of kin are (immediate family). Briefly describe your family by writing the names of your spouse, children, your parents, and any brothers or sisters you may have.
Explain how you want your property distributed. You can do this specifically by writing, for example, "To [person's name], I leave my baseball card collection." You can also distribute your property equally to all of your surviving family members by writing, "My estate is to be divided among my family evenly."
Bring the document to a Texas Notary Public. Bring two witnesses (persons over the age of 14). Sign the will in the presence of the notary and the two witnesses. Have each witness sign the will and have it notarized.