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Estate Planning

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, Last Will and Testament

Estate Planning Mistake #2: Failing to Have or to Maintain a Valid Will

Even if you own nothing more than a house and a couple bank accounts, it’s absolutely essential that you keep and maintain a valid Will or Revocable Living Trust document.  Otherwise, you will have no control over how your estate will pass after your death and who will be in charge of same.

I once handled an estate where gentleman passed away who was survived by... Read More

Estate Planning Mistake #1: Naming an Executor Who Doesn’t Get Along with Your Other Heirs

When you’re dealing with families, money and the emotional impact of losing a loved one, things can turn ugly quickly.  I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve seen unresolved  siblings feuds lead to acrimonious and protracted litigation concerning the administration and distribution of the estate.

One estate that comes immediately to mind involved two sisters... Read More

The Importance of Organizing Your Estate Plan


If, like so many, you are prone to disorder in the keeping of important documents, assuming that you keep them at all, you may be well past due for a makeover of your estate plan and your end-of-life instructions. It is not just a matter of maintaining tidiness for its own sake: a lot of money and time could... Read More

An Irish Obituary

Who Ever Said Obituaries Have to be Dull

Can't help myself, one of my friends posted this guy's obituary and it's simply a must share. No dull, staid and somber recap here.

This guy must have been a real character and his obit captures him in all his rabble-rousing glory.  Gotta love the Irish, never a dull moment. Enjoy.

http://www.barstoolsports.com/boston/this-is-without-a-doubt-the-best-obituary-... Read More

Charitable Estate Planning, Wills, Estate Planning

It's Always a Good Time of Year to Support the Children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

One of our law firm's favorite charities is the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Take a look at Michael Strahan interacting with

some of the kids behind the scenes. He's a class act and one of the truly good guys out there.

https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/st-jude-thanks-and-giving/watch-our-celebrity-and-patient-videos.html?sc_cid=... Read More

Power of Attorney

The Importance of Having a Power of Attorney

One of the most important pieces in a simple estate plan is a well drafted Power of Attorney. While a Last Will and Testament only comes into play after your death, a Power of Attorney is a legal document that can have a profound impact on your day-to-day care and well- being in the event that you become incapacitated or unable to manage your own affairs at some point... Read More

Estate Planning Tips

Here's a simple little video that does a nice job of simplifying the importance of estate planning and a few of the

different considerations that come into play when formulating a plan. Take a look.


Celebrity Estate Planning Mistakes

Here in America we can never seem to get enough celebrity news.  The nastier the better, right?  Well, when it comes to estate planning, it would seem that many of our favorites celebrities make the same kind of mistakes that so many of us seem to fall into.  Here are some of the top celebrity estate planning blunders from the past few years and the things that could have... Read More



Stop procrastinating, I know no one likes to talk about estate planning, but it certainly doesn’t have to be a scary process that you keep putting off until tomorrow.  If you do absolutely nothing else, please take at the very least these basic steps:


At a minimum, everyone should... Read More

Probate Costs & Estate Attorney Fees

Probate Estate Administration & Estate Planning at the Right Price

Your #1 Source for Wills, Power of Attorneys, Trusts, Probate & Executor Help in Pittsburgh American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated Pittsburgh law firm with a practice limited to Probate Estate Administration, Estate Planning and Real Estate law.
Whether you need our legal services to assist you in the probate estate administration of... Read More
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