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 state law from 2015 requires the Texas Supreme Court to create simple will forms, but the Court is still developing these forms. On September 6th, 2022, the Supreme Court approved drafts of the following forms:
These forms are drafts and should not be used until the Court issues a final version. In the meantime, the public can submit feedback to the Court for consideration before the forms are finalized. Comments can be submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org until December 1st, 2022.
A common question at the law library is: How do I write my own will?
If you would like to create your own simple will, our library offers several e-books with templates that can help get you started! You may be able to tailor the templates in our resources to suit your individual needs.
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 Legal 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.