Does the law require the signature of the testator to be witnessed at the time of signing?
No. The law does not require eyewitnesses (subscribing witnesses) to the signature of the testator in order for the will to be valid. However, it is the custom to have two subscribing witnesses present since at the time of probate, two witnesses, subscribing or non-subscribing, must appear and identify under oath the signature of the decedent on the will. Wills can be made self-proven if proper acknowledgements and affidavits are signed by the testator and witnesses at the time of execution. Self-proving wills eliminate the need for the witnesses appearing at the Register's Office.

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1. What services does the Register of Wills Office provide?
2. Are all wills open to the public?
3. What does it mean to register a will?
4. Why is a will registered or probated?
5. What is probate?
6. What does the word intestate mean?
7. The decedent died without a will. Now what do I do?
8. What is a short certificate?
9. Why do you keep the original will?
10. Does a will get registered or filed after it is written?
11. I cannot find the original will. I only have a copy. What can I do?
12. What is a testator?
13. What are letters testamentary and letters of administration?
14. Do I need an attorney to apply for letters testamentary or letters of administration?
15. Who can be appointed administrator?
16. What do I need when I come to the office to open the estate?
17. Does your office assist in the preparation of the inheritance tax return?
18. Does the law require the signature of the testator to be witnessed at the time of signing?
19. What property passes by wills?
20. Is there any time limitation on the validity of a will?
21. Are life insurance proceeds subject to Pennsylvania inheritance tax?
22. Are transfers made prior to the decedent's death subject to Pennsylvania inheritance tax?
23. Does Pennsylvania recognize convenience account?
24. What are the spousal tax rates?
25. When is a will effective?