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Pennsylvania Wills Laws

In Pennsylvania, as in other states, a will is a legal document stating how one would like his her possessions and other interests dealt with after death. Each state has its own laws in regards to Pennsylvania's will laws require the testator (the person writing the will) to be at least 18 years old and of sound mind, while the will itself may be oral or handwritten if certain conditions are met.

The basics of Ohio wills laws are highlighted in the box below. See FindLaw's Wills section for additional resources.

Code Section Tit. 20 §2501, et seq.
Age of Testator 18 years or older and of sound mind
Number of Witnesses Two witnesses signing will in presence of testator; testator must declare instrument to be his will in presence of witnesses.
Nuncupative (Oral Wills) Not valid
Holographic Wills Not recognized

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Pennsylvania estate planning lawyer or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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