We are Pittsburgh based Probate lawyers who specialize in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate Estate Administration, Real Estate, and more. We have represented and assisted thousands of clients throughout Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding counties. Our Estate attorneys bring over 120 years of combined legal experience to the table in assisting families with professionalism and compassion in their times of need. We are Pittsburgh's experts in Probate and Estate Planning Law!
Probate is the formal procedure by which an Executor or Administrator is appointed to oversee the administration of a Decedent’s Estate. The process is usually initiated at the Register of Wills Office located in the county where the Decedent lived.
Effective estate planning allows you to plan for the management of your assets while you are alive and for their timely and cost-effective distribution and disbursement after your death. A good estate plan can help you minimize the expenses associated with the probate process and payment of estate and after-death inheritance taxes.
It is the function of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court to protect the personal and property rights of all individuals and entities that may not be otherwise capable of handling or overseeing their own affairs. The Court has jurisdiction over minors, incapacitated persons, decedents’ estates, nonprofit corporations and trusts.
The transfer or retitling of the Deed to a person’s home or other real property is often an important component of estate planning and wealth preservation. At American Wills & Estates, our attorneys have prepared countless Deeds over the years between parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, siblings, and other family members as one element of their estate plans.