What if there is no Will?

If there is no Will, the Pennsylvania Intestate Law directs who will be the beneficiaries of your estate regardless of any special needs of persons you might like to benefit. Furthermore, you have no choice over who will settle your estate or serve as guardian of minors. Under the law the Register of Wills and Orphans’ Court must make these choices for you, and your estate may have to post a bond thus incurring additional expense.

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1. What is a Will?
2. Should everyone have a Will?
3. What if there is no Will?
4. Does a Will become outdated?
5. Must a Will be witnessed?
6. When must a Will be registered?
7. When should a Will be changed?
8. How much does a Will cost?
9. Does a Will create more probate expenses?
10. Can life insurance take the place of a Will?
11. Does joint ownership avoid the need for having a Will?
12. Are taxes payable on an estate?