How to Obtain Copies of Pennsylvania Wills

By Teo Spengler
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A will is a private and revocable document until the death of the person who made it. Upon the death of the will maker, someone typically must file the will with the probate court and once that happens, then usually any member of the public can view it. To obtain a will in Pennsylvania, visit the office of the Register of Wills in the county in which the deceased resided.

Valid Wills

A will is a legal document in which a person sets out how she wants her property distributed after her death. In Pennsylvania, a will is only valid if the person making it signs it before two witnesses, who must also sign it.

Wills in Pennsylvania

In all states, wills are almost always filed with an official in the county in which the maker of the will lived at the end of her life. The official in Pennsylvania is the Register of Wills. Locate the office and business hours, and then stop by to inspect and copy the document. You need the name of the deceased and the date of her death. You will have to pay a copying fee. In some counties, it may be possible to obtain a copy by mail or online.

About the Author

Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.

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