Estate Planning, Legacy, Probate, Uncategorized, Wealth, Wills

The Government Can Force You to Travel

I love travelling.

A large part of going out on my own was to have the freedom to travel wherever whenever I wanted.

But if you don’t do your will right, the government can force you to travel. To a courtroom. And it’s all at your expense.

Let me explain.

A solid will in Texas consists of two parts: The will and the self-proving affidavit.

The will is what everyone knows about; it’s the document that splits everything that you have among your loved ones.

But the self-proving affidavit is also pretty dang important.

The self-proving affidavit is usually a paragraph or a page at the end of the will that verifies that the people who are signing the will as witnesses are who they say they are.

That’s it.

But, without it, the judge will need to hear from you, the witness, directly in order to verify that you were the person who signed as a witness to the will.

That means travelling to a courthouse that you have never been to, talking to an attorney you’ve probably never met (who wants to do that?), and answering questions under oath.

Even in the day and age of Zoom calls, it’s still a pain to set everything up, get dressed up, and answer questions in front of a bunch of strangers.

That’s why I strongly recommend working with an attorney to everyone who is looking for a will to make sure it’s done right.

Because without that affidavit, you could be travelling on your dime at Uncle Sam’s behest.

Get advice on how to conduct your probate and estate plan. A professional, like Legion Law, can certainly help address all these concerns. Our estate plans are cost-effective, comprehensive, and are designed to stand the tests of time.

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Derek Christensen

Founder of Legion Law, PLLC

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