Everyone of Sound Mind, over the Age of 18 Years old, should have a Last Will and Testament to protect their Assets and have thier Final Intentions fulfilled.
The Maker (Testator) of a Will must be Mentally Competent at the time of the signing of the Document and have Full Knowledge and Understanding of their Estate and the Distribution.
Free and Voluntary Act
All Acts of the Testator must be Voluntary and free of Duress, Fraud, Coercion or Intoxication.
In Writing and Witnessed
The Will must be in Writing and should be Witnessed by at least 2 Persons over the age of 18 years of age who are NOT IN THE WILL.
The Document must clearly state that it is a "WILL"; Name Executor(s); and contain Clauses that are not Confusing, Vague, Contradictory, or Ambiguous. The Distributions must be Clear, Logical and easily accomplished by the Executor to be effective.
According to Law
Each Clause must comply with Local, State and Federal Law, or the Will, or some parts, could be declared "Invalid" or "Void" or rendered Ineffective.
Notarized and Recorded?
In Pennsylvania, a Will is NOT required to be "Notarized" or "Recorded" to be Valid, but can be a Wise Safeguard in some Situations.
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