Must a Will be witnessed?

No, but 2 witnesses, subscribing or non-subscribing, must appear at the Register of Wills’ office at the time of probate to prove and identify the testator’s signature. Subscribing witnesses may appear before a notary. A Will witnessed by subscribing witnesses can better survive a Will contest because the testator’s legal capacity to make a Will is presumed. When a self-proving affidavit accompanies the original Will, it is not necessary for the original witnesses to appear before the Register of Wills.

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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 Does a Will become outdated?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?