A will is a document that allows you to decide who should get your property, including your home, possessions, and accounts, when you die.
If you do not have a will, Pennsylvania law determines who will own your property. For this reason, if you want a specific person or people to get your property, you must have a will.
A will also allows you to choose the executor of your estate. After you die, your executor is the person who has the authority and responsibility to manage your property, including your debts. Your executor will follow the instructions in your will and give your property to the people named in your will.
A will goes into effect after your death and once it is probated. Probate is the legal process of proving a will is valid and “activating” it.