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.

  • Helping Seniors Stay in their Homes

    Important Information for Our Aging Population

    Not many people realize this, but Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has the second most elderly population base of anywhere in the country second only to Dade County, Florida.  Because we have so many senior citizens living here, it's extremely important to share information with them and their families that can help make their golden years happier, safer... Read More

  • Executor Help & Assistance

    Don’t Make These Common Probate Estate Administration Mistakes

    Failing to Investigate Whether or Not Formal Probate is Necessary.

    One of the mistakes we often see people make is rushing to open an estate before they’ve even properly investigated whether or not there may be other options available.  Namely, not all estates will require formal probate proceedings.  Many estates can be resolved by small estate... Read More

  • Why You Need to Have an Estate Plan

    Here's a great article that I came across from a colleague, Julie Garber, that does a really nice job of highlighting 5 of the top reasons why everyone needs to have an estate plan.  Her top five reasons are: Avoiding Probate, Reducing Estate Taxes, Protecting Beneficiaries, Avoiding a Mess and Protecting Assets from Creditors.  Obviously, these are all... Read More

  • Executor Help Pittsburgh

    Being an Executor Isn’t Easy!

    Being named the Executor of a loved one’s estate is certainly an honor, but it’s also a job and a lot of hard work and responsibility. If you find yourself about to enter into this role and are not sure where to turn for experienced, trusted and, most importantly, affordable legal advice, give us a call today at (412) 381-7370 to schedule your free legal... Read More

  • Stop Procrastinating About Estate Planning

    I know, I know, who really wants to talk about Wills.  Trust me, I get it.  Nobody wants to face that fact that we don't get to live forever.  Well until they figure that one out, and lord only knows with all the medical advances we see every day they just might, having a well drafted estate plan is essential.

    Estate Planning doesn't have to be... Read More

  • Executor Help

    Affordable Executor Help & Assistance

    If you've recently lost a loved one and find yourself about to begin the probate estate administration process and are not sure where to turn for trusted, experienced and affordable legal assistance, we can help.  The law firm of American Wills & Estates has been assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the probate... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate - Get Trusted, Experienced & Affordable Legal 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.

    What Sets Us Apart From The Rest?
    • Our practice is limited exclusively to... Read More
  • 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

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