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.

  • Probate Doesn't Have To Be Difficult

    We’ve all heard the nightmare stories about the probate process. Someone has died and their children or other heirs end up tied up in court fighting for years over who is entitled to what. However, the reality is that most estates can be administered in a timely and efficient manner. So what’s the key to making sure the administrative process doesn’t... Read More

  • Register of Wills Short Certificates

    What is a Short Certificate and How Do I Get One?

    If you’ve recently lost a love one and are being told by their bank or other financial institutions that you’ll need to get a short certificate before they can talk to you about the accounts, what does this mean?  Well, the simple answer is that it means someone has to be appointed by the court as the administrator or executor of the estate.  What it... Read More

  • Pittsburgh's #1 Choice for Estate Planning Law

    Unfortunately and all to often, we see heirs begin to fight with each other almost immediately after a loved one's death.  A lot of these potential problems can be nipped in the bud with a well thought out and drafted estate plan.

     American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm with a practice limited to Estate... Read More

  • Why is American Wills & Estates the Right Choice for Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration Law in Western Pennsylvania?

    ​The simple answer: experienced, trusted and most importantly, affordable, Probate Estate Administration and Estate Planning Legal services.  We've been assisting clients throughout Western Pennsylvania with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.  We offer most of our legal services on a flat fee basis and we typically don't expect to be paid... Read More

  • Executor Help in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

    So You’ve Been Named the Executor…..Now What?

    As if losing a love one wasn’t difficult enough, you now find yourself responsible for carrying out the administration of the estate.  Sure, being named Executor is an honor and reflects the fact that the decedent had a lot of confidence in you to take on the role, but it’s also a whole lot of work and responsibility as well.  Don’t think so?  Take a... Read More

  • How Much Does Probate Cost

    Don’t Pay Too Much for an Estate Lawyer

    The law firm of American Wills & Estates has been assisting clients throughout Western Pennsylvania through the probate estate administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.  We handle the majority of the estates that we administer every year on a flat fee basis.  So what will a flat fee basis mean for you?  A lot, but... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate

    Why We Are Pittsburgh’s #1 Choice for Probate Estate Administration & Estate Planning Law

    American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated Pittsburgh law firm with a practice limited to Probate Estate Administration an Estate Planning law.  Whether you need our legal services to assist you in the administration of a loved one’s estate or to help you create an estate plan that best protects and serves your family’s... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate and Estate Planning Law

    Probate, Wills & Executors: What's it all Mean

    Most people have at one time or another heard the terms probate, wills and executor, but what the heck do they really mean.  I read an article in Forbes magazine early this year that does a pretty nice job of addressing precisely these questions.  Take a look:

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/04/07/probate-wills-executors-your-estate-... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate Help

    American Wills & Estates: Western Pennsylvania’s First Choice for Probate Estate Administration Law

    If you’ve recently lost a loved one and find yourself in need of an estate attorney to assist you with the estate administration process, make sure you speak with our law firm before you hire anyone else.  So what sets us apart?  It’s simple really:

    • Our firm’s practice is limited exclusively to Estate Planning & Estate Administration Law... Read More
  • Looking to Hire an Estate Attorney? Don't get Tricked into Paying too Much

    If you’ve recently experienced the loss of a loved one and find yourself faced with the task of administering their estate, don’t rush into hiring an estate attorney until you fully understand how they are going to charge and how much the whole process is going to cost.

    Typically, estate attorneys charge for their services in one of the following... Read More

  • probate attorneys in Pittsburgh

    Probate: It's not as Scary as People Sometimes Make it Out to Be

    When Pennsylvania residents hear the word "probate," they often get very apprehensive.  Even if they’ve never been through the process of administering a loved one’s estate, they typically have preconceived notions that it is something that should be avoided at all cost.  However, most of the time these feeling prove to be misconceptions that were based... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate Law

    The Probate Process Can Be Complicated. We Can Help!



    The Probate Estate Administration process can get complicated pretty quickly. Getting trusted, experienced legal help from the start can make all the difference in the world. If you're the Executor or Administrator of a loved one's estate and are about to enter into the administration... Read More

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