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The Importance of Having a Will

If you die without a valid Will which is able to be located, any and all assets you own that would otherwise be distributed under a Will are distributed according to the Pennsylvania Intestacy Statute.

You should make certain that you do have a current and valid Will, and that your family, friends or advisors are able to locate your Will when needed. We will be pleased to review these matters with you should you so desire.

To get an idea of how the Pennsylvania Intestacy Statute would operate to distribute your probate assets, fill out the interactive Questionnaire below. The intestacy laws are complicated and there are nuances which may apply to your particular circumstances not covered in this Questionnaire. Therefore, you should not rely on the results of this interactive form as legal advice or act upon it without also consulting an attorney. Hopefully, as an informational device, the Questionnaire results will be interesting and serve as a basis for further discussion.

For this Questionnaire, “probate assets” means the market value of all of the assets that would otherwise be distributed under a Will, with that market value being determined as of the date of death. The “decedent” means the person whose estate is in question.


First name of decedent:
Value of [X]’s probate assets:
$  (Estimated total as of date of death)
Did [X] have a living spouse at the time of death?
Yes
No
Surviving spouse’s first name:
Number of surviving children born or adopted in [X] and [Y]’s marriage:
Number of surviving children born to or adopted by [X] but not to [Y] (for example, during a prior marriage):
Is [X] survived by [X]’s mother or father? Number of [X]’s surviving parents: [E]
Number of [X]’s children living at the time of [X]’s death: F
Number of [X]’s parents living at the time of [X]’s death: G
Number of X’s surviving brothers and sisters: H
Number surviving children of predeceased siblings ([X]’s nieces and nephews): J
Number of [X]’s grandparents who survive [X]:
Number of [X]’s surviving paternal grandparents:
Number of [X]’s surviving maternal grandparents:
Number of [X]’s surviving aunts and uncles: N
Number of surviving children of [X]’s surviving aunts and uncles: