Western PA's Premier Estate Administration & Estate Planning Law Firm


We strive to make the process of estate planning and estate administration as simple and straightforward as possible. At American Wills and Estates we speak to our clients in plain English, and we are sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are still grieving the loss of a loved one. Our number one goal is to put our clients at ease and to reassure them with competency and compassion in their times of need.

  • Getting Started in the Role of Executor

    So You've Been Named as the Executor, Now What?

    Serving as an Executor (sometimes called a Personal Representative or Administrator) of an Estate doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but it’s important to be organized from the start. As the Executor you are going to be the person who is legally responsible for protecting the assets of the decedent until the... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Will Lawyers

    Seven Strange Last Will and Testaments

    I've been preparing Wills and other estate planning documents for my clients for over 25 years and I've seen some pretty strange stuff over the years, but I came across this article highlighting seven of the strangest Wills of all time and I thought you might get a kick out of it.  Take a look:

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/7-of-the-most-... Read More


    If you’re the Executor or Administrator of a loved one’s estate and are not sure where to turn for trusted and experienced legal assistance, look no further!

    American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been guiding clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the Probate Estate... Read More

  • Pittsburgh’s Choice for Probate Estate Administration Law

    The terms “Probate” and “Probate Estate Administration” are often used synonymously. The formal process by which an Executor or Administrator is appointed by the Register of Wills or other named local county office to oversee the administration of an estate for a person who has died (a Decedent), is called Probate.

    American Wills & Estates is... Read More

  • Estate Planning: Wills, Powers of Attorney & Trusts at the Right Price

    If you’ve been procrastinating about getting your estate planning documents in order, stop!  American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been guiding clients throughout Western Pennsylvania through the estate planning process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.

    So What Sets Us Apart?... Read More
  • Probate Estate Administration & Executor Assistance at the Right Price

    If you’ve recently lost a loved one and find yourself in need of an estate attorney to guide you through the often complicated estate administration process, who can you turn to for trusted, experienced and affordable legal assistance?  American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been assisting clients... Read More

  • Estate Planning for Seniors


    As a senior citizen you should be enjoying your retirement years and not fretting endlessly over end of life care and other estate planning issues.  However, with over 120 million American seniors not having updated estate plans or, for that matter, any kind of estate plan at all, according to the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils,... Read More

  • How much do estate attorneys charge


    If you find yourself in need of hiring an estate attorney to assist you in the administration of a loved one’s estate, make sure you don’t end up paying way more than you need to.

    Estate attorneys typically bill one of three ways: on a percentage basis; on an hourly basis; or on a flat fee basis.  So which billing method is the right choice for... Read More

  • Executor Help & Assistance Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    Rule #1 for Executors: Keep the Beneficiaries Well-Informed

    Serving as an Executor is certainly an honor, but it’s also a lot of work. You can easily overwhelmed by many responsibilities and forget that there are anxious beneficiaries waiting in the background.  While your priorities should remain focused on gathering the estate assets, paying the bills and filing the appropriate tax return, don’t forget to keep... Read More


    Don't Leave a Messy Estate!

    People make many different mistakes when it comes to estate planning, but one of the one's that we see all too often in our practice is the messy estate.  What do we mean by a messy estate?   Well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  Namely, an estate where the deceased person made no effort while they were living to organize or streamline in any... Read More

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