What to Know About Creating a Will in Pennsylvania

A will is one of the most important documents you can create. Read on to learn more about creating a will in Pennsylvania.

What is a Will?

A will is a document that declares how your assets should be divided in the event of your passing. Dying without a will is known as dying “intestate.” This means that there will be no plan for your assets. As a result, your assets will be obtained and distributed by the state of Pennsylvania, rather than according to your wishes. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can cause a lot of issues for your loved ones. For example, they may have to go through the long and expensive process of litigation. This can be incredibly stressful, especially during a time of mourning. To avoid this, it is important to work with an experienced estate planning attorney who can help you create a will to ensure that your loved ones are cared for.

What is Included in a Will?

Some of the assets you may list in your will include real estate property, cars, artwork, and more. But, there may be more sentimental assets to distribute, including photographs, letters to loved ones, and more. Additionally, you may wish to provide instructions for your estate. That being said, it is important that you do not include your funeral wishes in your will. This is because the will is often read after the funeral, meaning your wishes may be accidentally overlooked.

How do I know if my Will is Valid?

To be sure that your will is valid, there are a few requirements by Pennsylvania state law that you will need to abide by. These requirements include the following:

  • The testator or the person willing to write the will must be 18 years or older
  • The testator must be mentally competent when creating his/her will 
  • The testator must declare his/her will in the presence of two witnesses
  • These two witnesses must also sign the will in the testator’s presence 

If these requirements are not met, your will can be contested.

If you have any questions or concerns about creating a will in Pennsylvania, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options with an experienced and dedicated estate planning attorney.


Friedman Schuman is an experienced and dedicated legal resource for clients throughout Pennsylvania. We proudly serve clients facing a wide range of legal matters. If you require the services of an effective attorney, please contact Friedman Schuman today to schedule a consultation.

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