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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 ESTATE PLANNING

    THE DO’S AND DON’TS OF ESTATE PLANNING

    Estate Planning can sometimes seem like a complicated and confusing process, but it certainly doesn’t have to be.  However, there certainly are a few very important things that you need to keep in mind.

    THE DO’S OF ESTATE PLANNING

    ●  Make sure your estate plan is flexible.  Estate laws are constantly changing and you need a plan that can... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate Estate Administration Help

    Pittsburgh’s #1 Source for Trusted and Experienced Estate Administration Help

    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 Administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.  Why choose us?  It’s simple really:

    ●  Our law firm’s practice is focused... Read More

  • PITTSBURGH PROBATE LAW

    Beneficiary Designation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    As an estate lawyer here in Pittsburgh for the past 26 years I can't tell you how often we've seen faulty beneficiary designations on retirement and investment accounts and life insurance policies reek havoc on the distribution that the deceased owner of the accounts and policies had intended.  When naming beneficiaries on these types of accounts it is... Read More

  • Pittsburgh's #1 Choice for Estate Planning

    When it comes to getting your estate planning in order, I have some very simple advice: BE CAREFUL!

    Estate Planning doesn't have to be complex, confusing and expensive, but it does have to be done correctly.  In this day and age of do-it-yourself and online shopping it's pretty easy to get yourself in trouble pretty quickly when it comes to estate... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate Help and Executor Assistance

    Common Myths & Misconceptions About Estate Planning & Probate Estate Administration

    People have all kinds of misconceptions when it comes to Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration.  They often hear horror stories about the time, costs and expenses that will be involved in handling these types of legal matters.  Those stories are often high exaggerated or involve celebrities whose estates are far from the norm.  Typically,... Read More

  • PITTSBURGH AFFORDABLE ESTATE PLANNING

    ESTATE PLANNING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

    If you are still procrastinating about getting your estate plan in place or making necessary updates to one that you had done years ago, stop.  Estate Planning doesn’t need to be a scary or expensive undertaking.

    American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been guiding clients in Pittsburgh and... Read More

  • PITTSBURGH PROBATE ASSISTANCE

    PROBATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

    If you are about to enter into the often difficult and confusing process of administering a loved one’s estate, stop and do your homework before you jump in.  Just because your loved one left a Will, it does not necessarily mean that you are going to have to open and probate their estate.

    Probate is triggered not by the fact that someone had or... Read More

  • PITTSBURGH PROBATE HELP

    AFFORDABLE FLAT FEE ESTATE PROBATE SERVICES

    American Wills & Estate is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been guiding clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the Probate Estate Administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.

    WHY CHOOSE US?

    Our law firm’s practice is limited to Estate Planning & Probate... Read More

  • AFFORDABLE ESTATE PLANNING PITTSBURGH PA

    ESTATE PLANNING MADE SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE

    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 Administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.  Our law firm’s practice is focused exclusively on Estate Planning and Estate... Read More

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