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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.

  • Estate Planning Mistakes

    Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes: The James Dean Estate

    To be sure, estate planning can be a rather dry and uninviting subject. However, when related to a late celebrity and the mistakes they may have made, it often becomes much more interesting. Here's a piece on the James Dean estate battles that arose after his death.

    Don't be a rebel without a cause, take steps today to protect your family and your... Read More

  • Trusts and Estate Planning

    The Unfunded or Underfunded Revocable Living Trust

    One problem that I've seen over and over again in my last 25 years of practicing estate planning law, is the unfunded or underfunded Revocable Living Trust. What do I mean by this? Well, time and again I've met with a client who comes into my office with their late parent's fancy and impressive looking living trust documents only to find out that there... Read More

  • Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Dying Without a Will

    What Happens if You Die Without a Will in Pennsylvania? PA Laws of Intestate Succession

    Creating an Estate Plan Doesn’t Have to be Hard, But Not Having One Can be Very Hard on Your Family!

    If you die without a will in Pennsylvania, your assets will pass to your closet living next of kin pursuant to state “intestate succession” laws. Here are some basics on how intestate succession works in Pennsylvania.

    Which Assets Are Affected?

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  • Estate Planning

    Estate Planning Lessons Learned

    Here's an article that I came across in Forbes magazine that really does a nice job of laying out why it's so very important to have at least a basic estate plan in place. The article relates one woman's personal story of what she learned about money and estate matters after her father's death. As she tells it, her father was good but complicated man and... Read More

  • Executor of an Estate

    Three Quick Tips for an Estate Executor

    Sure, it’s an honor and a privilege to be named as an Executor of a loved one’s Last Will and Testament, but it can also be a big responsibility and a whole lot of work. Being an Executor, a Personal Representative or the Administrator of an estate requires organization, attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively with a group of heirs... Read More

  • Probate Costs

    Why Should You Choose Our Law Firm If You Need A Probate Estate Attorney?


    American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated Pittsburgh law firm with a practice limited to Probate Estate Administration, Estate Planning and Real Estate law.

    We have been assisting clients throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania through the often difficult and emotional probate estate administration... Read More

  • Estate Tax Won’t Be Repealed This Year, Predicts Top Estate Tax Attorney

    Here's an interesting article I came across explaining why the Federal Estate Tax probably won't be revoked this year and, perhaps, not any time real soon. Take a look.

    Estate Tax Won’t Be Repealed This Year, Predicts Top Estate Tax Attorney
    January , 2017 • TED KNUTSON

    Despite promises by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans... Read More

  • Wills and Will Lawyers

    The Elusive “Uncontestable” Will

    Is there really any such thing as an “uncontestable” Will? The simple answer is no, but you can certainly takes steps to make such a challenge extremely difficult.
    A lot of people think that putting a certain amount of time, work, or even money into drafting estate planning documents can prevent a troublesome family member from challenging a Will.... Read More

  • Probate Estate Administration

    Probate: Taking the First Steps After the Loss of a Loved One

    If you're facing the prospect of having to administer the estate of a recently deceased loved one and have no idea where to begin, here's a nice little video that lays out some of the initial steps you'll need to take.

    We've been guiding clients throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania through the probate estate administration process with... Read More

  • Probate Attorneys


    THE PROBATE PROCESS CAN GET COMPLICATED FAST If you've recently lost a love one and are feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to administer their estate, we're here to help.  Being named the Executor of a loved one's estate is a great honor, but it's also a big responsibility. We've been guiding clients throughout Pittsburgh and Western... Read More
  • Wills and Estates

    Do I Really Need a Will?

    People are constantly asking me, "Lloyd, do I really need a Will. Isn't that something only people with a lot of money need?" And my answer is always a big, resounding NO. Not only should everyone have at least a simple Will as part of their estate plan, they should most definitely also have a well drafted Power of Attorney and Living Will as part of... Read More

  • Last Will and Testament

    The Importance of Having a Last Will and Testament

    The importance of having a Last Will and Testament and.....a little Purple Rain to go with it. Estate planning doesn't have to be scary, difficult or expensive, but it's so very important to get it done. Quit procrastinating folks, despite the rumors to the contrary....none of us are going to live forever.
    http://fox2now.com/2016/05/03/importance-... Read More

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