Here you will find information you may need when planning for the possibility of becoming disabled or incapacitated, or when creating plans for your property, estate, or remains after you die.
If you need information about how to take care of someone else's will, property, or estate after they have died, see our research guide on probate.
A common question at the law library is: How do I write my own will?
Texas has not yet developed a standard template or form for a simple will. A state law from 2015 requires that the Texas Supreme Court develop simple will forms, but as of October 2020, these forms are still under development. Everyone's situation is different — e.g., married vs. unmarried, children vs. no children, owns property vs. doesn't own — so creating forms that take so many possibilities into account is a big task.
Our library offers several e-books with templates that can help get you started! You'll need to register for a library account online first — free and available to Texas residents.
Then see the resources we highlight in our FAQ: How do I write my own will? Is there a form for that?
These resources can help you understand and control what happens to your possessions after your death.
Having your medical care wishes down in writing can help ensure they are carried out.
These resources help you investigate options for long-term care.
Resources for handling the legal implications of major illness.
These resources can help you understand and control what happens to your "earthly remains."
These e-books contain information on estate planning and wills. These e-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.
Additional agencies, organizations and contacts that may have resources to assist you.