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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.

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Pittsburgh’s #1 Choice for Probate Estate Administration Law

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 26 year.

What Sets Us Apart?

Our entire practice is limited to Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration... Read More

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Taking The Fear Out Of Probate Estate Administration Legal Fees & Costs

Hiring an estate attorney can be intimidating, especially when you’re already dealing with the emotional and difficult circumstance of having just lost a loved one.  It can become all the more intimidating when you have absolutely no idea how much the whole estate administration process is going to cost.  You can take a lot of the fear out of this situation by becoming... Read More


Posted on January 6, 2019 by Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

The terms “Probate” and “Probate Estate Administration” are often used synonymously. The formal process by which an Executor or Administrator is appointed by the Register of Wills or other named local county office to oversee the administration of an estate for a person who has died (a Decedent), is called Probate... Read More

How much do estate attorneys charge


If you find yourself in need of hiring an estate attorney to assist you in the administration of a loved one’s estate, make sure you don’t end up paying way more than you need to.

Estate attorneys typically bill one of three ways: on a percentage basis; on an hourly basis; or on a flat fee basis.  So which billing method is the right choice for you?  Well let’s take... Read More


Don't Leave a Messy Estate!

People make many different mistakes when it comes to estate planning, but one of the one's that we see all too often in our practice is the messy estate.  What do we mean by a messy estate?   Well, pretty much exactly what it sounds like.  Namely, an estate where the deceased person made no effort while they were living to organize or streamline in any way their assets and... Read More

Estate Planning and Probate Help in Pittsburgh

How to Make a Love One's Final Days as Comfortable as Possible

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 and, all around,... 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 consultation or... Read More

How Do I Find an Experienced, Affordable Estate Attorney?

If you're the Executor or Administrator of a loved one's estate and are just not sure where  to turn for trusted, affordable legal assistance, we can help.  American Wills & Estates in 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... 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 it can play is to... Read More

Estate Planning Lawyers in Pittsburgh


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 will best address... Read More

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