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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.

Estate Planning is Vitally Important to those Suffering the Early Stages of Alzheimer's

The Gene Wilder story really drives home the importance of why having a valid, current and well drafted estate plan in place is just so important.


According to current 2017 figures 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's dementia and 1 in 10 of us will be impacted by this dreaded disease during our lifetimes. While a diagnosis of Alzheimer... Read More

15 Very Strange Ways to Die

One thing in life is certain and that's death. Here's a little video of 15 folks who perished in some very strange ways to say the least.


​Hopefully none of these very odd deaths awaits any of us, but it's a good reminder of why having a well drafted estate plan in place is so important.

If you've been... Read More

Low Cost Probate Estate Administration Legal Services In Pittsburgh and Throughout Western Pennsylvania

If you’ve recently lost a loved one and are looking to hire an experienced and trusted Probate Estate Administration law firm at the right price, look no further. At American Wills & Estates we’ve been guiding clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the often difficult probate process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years. So,... Read More

Estate Planning: Don't Wait Until You're Old

Yes Millennials, even you folks need to start thinking about estate planning. Here's a great article from the Denver Post about why it's so important to start early when it comes to implementing a well drafted estate plan. This is an especially important consideration for all those families out there with very young children and no succession plan whatsoever in place. Take... Read More

Estate Planning

Is it Time for Your Estate Planning Checkup?

So you've already done your estate planning and you're now good to go, right? Wrong. Even if you already have Wills, Power of Attorneys, Living Wills or even a Trust in place, don't just put everything aside and forget about it.

Like everything in life, changes happen. Because of that, we tell all of our clients that it's a very good idea to take a look at their... Read More

Will Lawyers and Will Attorneys

Should You Have a No-Contest Clause in Your Last Will and Testament?

If you're concerned that one or more of your children or other intended heirs might try to challenge the provisions that you have set forth in your Last Will and Testament, you can have a no-contest clause added in the Will, but make sure you understand what it means and whether or not it's actually enforceable. Here's an article that I came across that does a nice job of... Read More

Ensure Your Executor’s Success

March 24, 2017 by Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

Typically and as part of your overall Pennsylvania estate plan, you will create a Last Will and Testament in which you will be naming and designating an Executor/Executrix to managing your affairs and oversee the probate process following your death. Obviously, this is an extremely important role and choosing the right person... Read More

Executor of an Estate

Three Quick Tips for an Estate Executor

Sure, it’s an honor and a privilege to be named as an Executor of a loved one’s Last Will and Testament, but it can also be a big responsibility and a whole lot of work. Being an Executor, a Personal Representative or the Administrator of an estate requires organization, attention to detail and the ability to communicate effectively with a group of heirs or beneficiaries... Read More

Estate Tax Won’t Be Repealed This Year, Predicts Top Estate Tax Attorney

Here's an interesting article I came across explaining why the Federal Estate Tax probably won't be revoked this year and, perhaps, not any time real soon. Take a look.

Estate Tax Won’t Be Repealed This Year, Predicts Top Estate Tax Attorney
January , 2017 • TED KNUTSON

Despite promises by President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans, the estate tax won... Read More

Probate Attorneys


THE PROBATE PROCESS CAN GET COMPLICATED FAST If you've recently lost a love one and are feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of having to administer their estate, we're here to help.  Being named the Executor of a loved one's estate is a great honor, but it's also a big responsibility. We've been guiding clients throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania through the... Read More
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