Wills are important documents that can provide guidance for your estate after you die. If you have not already done so, it is important to create a will. A will can help you designate who gets what property and money after you die. Pennsylvania has specific laws about wills, so make sure you understand the process before you create your will.

What is a Will?

A will is a legal document that dictates how a person’s property is to be distributed after their death. Typically, a will appoints an executor who will be responsible for carrying out the deceased person’s wishes. A will can also be used to name a guardian for minor children. Wills are typically drafted by lawyers and must be signed in front of witnesses in order to be valid.

Sometimes, a will may be contested and rendered invalid if it is not executed properly. As such, it is imperative to get it done right to ensure that your last wishes are adhered to – to the letter.

Types of Wills

There are many types of wills, and each has its own specific requirements for it to be considered valid in Pennsylvania. The types of wills have been listed below:

Requirements for a Will in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, a will must be in writing and must be signed by the person making the will, or by someone else in the presence of and at the direction of the maker. In the case of the latter, the will must also be signed by two witnesses who are not named in the will. If these requirements are not met, the will is considered invalid.

What Can be Included in a Pennsylvania Will?

A Pennsylvania will can include specific bequests of personal property, gifts of money or other assets, and provisions for the care of any animals owned by the testator. The will can also name an executor to manage the estate and appoints someone to take custody of any minor children. Finally, the will can establish a trust to provide for the children’s education or other needs.

After Your Death: What Happens to Your Will?

If a testator dies with a valid will, the will goes into effect when the testator dies. But it only goes in after probate as the probate process is mandatory in Pennsylvania. If the will does not name an executor, the court will appoint an executor. The executor administers the estate, pays debts and taxes, and distributes the remaining assets to the beneficiaries named in the will. If the will does not dispose of all of the property in the estate, Pennsylvania law provides a statutory scheme for distribution.

What Happens if You Do Not Have a Will?

If you do not have a will in Pennsylvania, your estate will be distributed according to the Pennsylvania intestacy laws. These laws determine who will inherit your property if you die without a will. Generally, the laws will distribute your property to your closest relatives. This can result in some people receiving more money or property than they would if you had a will. 

Need a Will? Contact an Attorney at NBMS Law

As you can see, having a will is important in Pennsylvania. It can help ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after you die. If you are interested in creating or updating a will, it is important to consult with an attorney at NBMS Law to make sure that your will is drafted correctly. We will be happy to offer you our legal expertise.