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

  • Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax: The Basics

    By Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

    November 15, 2018

    While there is no estate tax in Pennsylvania, there is an inheritance tax that is imposed a decedent’s estate where there are assets located with the jurisdiction of the state.  The rate of the inheritance tax varies depending on the relationship between the heirs of the estate and the person who... Read More

  • Probate Estate Administration on a Flat Fee Basis

    By Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

    November 11, 2018

    If you’ve recently lost a loved one and suddenly find yourself in need of an estate attorney to guide you through the probate process, make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you sign the fee agreement.

    Probably the most common way estate attorneys charge is by basing their... Read More


    If you’ve recently lost a loved one and find yourself in need of hiring an estate attorney to guide you through the estate administration process, make sure you do your homework before you make a decision.

    When it comes to legal fees for probate estate administration services you are typically going to find that most attorneys charge one of three... Read More


    Commonly Held Probate Myths

    October 25, 2018 by Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

    Most folks know little or nothing when it comes to the actual probate process and the administrative steps that follow.  Sure, most of us know that it has something to do with what happens after the death of a loved one, but beyond that our typical understanding of the actual process is often shrouded in... Read More



    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.


    ●  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


    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

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