A Pennsylvania Last Will and Testament is a legal document that allows an individual to place their wishes in writing as to how they wish for the items of their estate to be distributed after their death. In Pennsylvania, these documents are protected and governed by Title 20 of the Pennsylvania Code, which dictates that two (2) witnesses must attest each will that is created in the state. Sometimes emergency situations do not warrant the time required to create a formal will, and Testators will sometimes opt for a Nuncupative Will, also known as an Oral Will, or a Holographic Will, also known as a Handwritten Will. However, neither one of these are recognized or enforced in the state of Pennsylvania.
Completing a last will and testament is a simple process that allows a person to state exactly what they wish to be done to their belongings, personal property, and other assets are included in their estate. The first thing that the Testator will need to provide in order to complete a will is their full name as well as their complete address. Next, the Testator will detail how their estate will be distributed. This section will name beneficiaries and entities and specify what from the estate they will receive. Once all of the Testator's wishes have been documented, he or she will sign it, and have two (2) witnesses sign underneath. Once all signatures have been provided, the will may then take effect and be recognized by the state.