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Probate And Estate Administration Guidance Since 1991 In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When a loved one dies, distributing their property can be overwhelming. If there is a will, the process can be easier. Without a will, the estate will likely go through the probate process.

At The Blackwell Law Firm, our skilled Pittsburgh estate administration attorneys have been shepherding clients through the probate process since 1991. We aim to make everything as simple as possible.

Overview: The Pennsylvania Probate Process

The Pennsylvania probate process can be complex, but it is difficult to avoid unless the testator took strategic steps in planning their estate. If the estate is valued at less than $50,000, it may qualify for a summary probate process, which is shorter.

In general, assets that the deceased had titled solely in their own name must go through probate, and the costs will be directly related to the value and complexity of the estate. We can help identify which assets will go through probate and which property or assets, if any, must be distributed through another channel. Examples of non-probate property include assets that were jointly owned or assets like a retirement account or life insurance policy that named a beneficiary.

Guidance For Executors And Administrators

Engaging the services of a knowledgeable Pittsburgh estate administration attorney can ease the burden of the probate and estate administration process in the following key areas:

  • Filing the will and petitioning for probate to settle the estate
  • Making sure the appropriate executor or administrator is appointed
  • Opening accounts for the estate and gathering or liquidating assets
  • Notifying beneficiaries and creditors
  • Resolving disputes between beneficiaries and heirs
  • Paying the deceased’s debts, taxes and final expenses
  • Distributing the remaining assets and closing the estate

Executors or administrators of estates, also known as personal representatives, often feel overwhelmed or uncertain where to start following the death of a loved one. Consider consulting a knowledgeable Pittsburgh estate administration attorney for seasoned guidance and legal support.

Call An Experienced Probate Attorney

At The Blackwell Law Firm, our probate attorneys know this is a difficult time and work hard to ease your burdens. Our extensive knowledge of estate planning allows us to offer experienced guidance. Whether you need help creating a new estate plan, updating an existing plan or navigating probate in Pennsylvania, call us at 412-391-5299 or reach out online today to schedule an initial consultation.