When it comes time to plan one’s estate, often, one of the first steps is to create a will. This is one of the most important parts of the estate planning process because a valid will allows a family to honor the testator’s wishes after they pass away. That being said, it is very important to make sure that the will is actually valid in accordance with the state laws of Pennsylvania. The state requires individuals to follow a number of steps while they create their will, some of which include the following:
- The testator must be at least 18 years of age
- The testator must be mentally competent when creating the will
- The testator must declare his or her will in front of two witnesses
- The witnesses must sign the will in front of the testator
There may be situations in which one or more beneficiaries of the will have reason to believe that it is not valid. The state of Pennsylvania allows beneficiaries to contest a will on grounds including forgery of the will, fraud, improper execution, undue influence on the testator by another party.
Whether you need help creating a will or have questions about contesting one, contact an experienced estate planning and administration attorney that can guide you accordingly.
Our firm understands that planning for the future and handling matters after the passing of a loved one can be very difficult. If you need the compassionate services of an experienced Montgomery County attorney who focuses on estate planning or administration, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation today.