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Why you should avoid signing multiple copies of your will

On Behalf of | Oct 6, 2020 | Blog, Estate Planning & Administration |

It may be possible to sign more than one copy of your will without running afoul of Pennsylvania law. However, it may not necessarily be in your best interest to do so. Let’s take a look at a few of the issues that may arise if you sign multiple copies of your last will and testament.

The terms of your will could change

Let’s say that you decide to update your will after the birth of a child or after you get divorced. If you forget to destroy all copies of your previous will, there is a chance that an outdated document could be presented to a probate judge after your death.

Your will could contain sensitive information

A will is a highly personal document that may contain information that you don’t want others to see until after you have passed on. Therefore, providing a signed copy of your will to an adult child or a close personal friend might still feel like an invasion of your privacy.

While you may want to keep the exact language of your last will and testament a secret, it is generally a good idea to communicate your final wishes to family members during your lifetime. This can make it easier for a surviving parent, spouse or child to make sure that these wishes are granted.

You can create digital copies of your will

These days, most courts allow estate representatives or other authorized parties to submit wills electronically after a person dies. Therefore, there may be no need to have more than one physical copy of your will. Instead, you can simply scan the document onto a secure computer or server where it can be accessed by whoever needs it after you pass.

An estate planning attorney may help you determine whether you want or need to keep multiple copies of your will. If changes are made to your last will and testament, your attorney may be able to ensure that they are made in accordance with state law.