Under Pennsylvania law, a Will is required to be executed by an individual who is at least 18 years of age, of sound mind, in writing and signed at the end by that individual, also known as the testator. Wills and trusts vary based on the jurisdiction and state in which you reside.
While certain requirements need to be met in order for a Will to be valid, additional requirements are needed in order for that Will to be probated, which is the formal process of opening an estate once someone has passed. For example, one of these additional requirements is the signing of two witnesses to the Will either at the time of its execution or at the time of probate by individuals who can attest to the testator’s signature.
Because of the various requirements and the fact that our laws are always changing, our office can help you execute estate planning documents, such as a Will or Trust, to not only ensure all legal requirements are met, but also to ensure the document and language chosen truly represents your wishes.
If you have any questions about the topic discussed in this video, or any estate law matter, please give us a call at Bononi & Company 724-832-2499.