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.
5 Mistakes Heirs of an Estate Often Make
So, you're the Executor, heir or a beneficiary of a recently deceased loved one's estate? If so, here's an article that I came across that does a nice job of laying out some of the common mistakes that can be made by folks about to come into an inheritance. Take a look.
https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2014/07/15/5-... Read More
Ss You've Been Named Executor - Now What?
It's certainly an honor to be named as a loved one’s Executor, but it can also be a whole lot of work. Your job is to protect all of the decedent’s assets until all of their funeral and burial expenses, debts, income taxes and inheritance taxes have been fully paid and resolved. You will then need to ensure that the decedent’s remaining assets are... Read More
Pittsburgh's Top Rated Probate Estate Administration Law Firm
American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania with all aspects of the Probate Estate Administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.What Sets Us Apart?
- OUR PRACTICE IS LIMITED EXCLUSIVELY TO... Read More
Don't Hire An Estate Attorney Until You've Talked To Our Law Firm
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 attorneys have over 145 years of combined legal experience and we offer the majority... Read More
Make Sure You Keep Your Estate Planning Current
We hear it everyday in our practice, "I did my estate planning years ago, I'm good to go." The truth is, you may not be as "good to go" as you may think.
We typically counsel our clients to review their Wills, Powers of Attorneys, Trusts and other estate planning documents every few years to make sure that they are up-to-date with not only the... Read More
Pittsburgh's #1 Estate Law Firm
American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania with all of their Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration needs for over 25 years.
If you’ve lost a loved one and need help with probate estate administration process, make sure... Read More
Another Lesson in Bad Celebrity Estate Planning
It never fails to amaze me how a person can have fame, celebrity and a boatload of money and, yet, fail to have even a remotely adequate estate plan. Here's an article I came across that does a nice job of explaining why Whitney Houston's failure to have a well thought out and drafted estate plan left such a mess for her family and loved ones to deal... Read More
So You Don't Think You Need Estate Planning? Think Again!
Boy oh boy, every time I hear someone say "I don't need any estate planning, that's just for rich people", it makes me roll my eyes up in my head. Here's an article from Forbes Magazine that should be a real eye opener for all of you procrastinators out there. Estate planning is not just for old, rich people. In fact, one of the most important roles... Read More
Need Probate Help?
American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the often frustrating and difficult Probate Estate Administration process with competency, compassion and... Read More
DO-IT-YOURSELF ESTATE PLANNING IS A VERY BAD IDEA
In the day and age of Google and the world seemingly being at our fingertips, I'm seeing more and people take on tasks that they are eminently unqualified to take on. Remember, you're not a car mechanic merely because you watched an engine repair video online. This same concept holds true when it comes to putting together an effective estate plan that... Read More
What is Probate and How Does it Work?
So what the heck does probate even mean? Not surprisingly, most people have no idea what the probate estate administration process entails until they find themselves unwittingly dragged into. Unfortunately, this process typically coincides with the death of a loved one. So not only are you dealing with a sad and emotionally charged situation to start... Read More
How Much Do Estate Lawyers Charge for Probate?
If you're the Executor of a loved one's estate and are about to hire an estate lawyer to take you through the probate estate administration process, you need to educate yourself a bit on what you might expect to pay for these kind of legal services. Here's a nice article that does a good job of breaking down the three most common ways that estate... Read More