Getting married for a second or third time complicates the estate planning picture for a person living in Texas, and all other states for that matter, by raising new issues and questions to resolve. For one thing, it adds to the potential number of heirs that one may want to provide for after death. The assets may have to be spread thinner or other investment vehicles may be needed to take care of every one's needs. Estate planning in this situation starts with taking stock of one's assets.
It should first be pointed out that with each subsequent marriage the estate planning task becomes considerably more complicated. Going over the total picture with an estate planning attorney will bring the best results in terms of efficiency, accuracy and economy in planning. Generally, one of the first things one does is to make a list of all assets. The spouse should do this also. If there is a prenuptial binding the couple, then some issues may already be settled through prior discussions and agreements.