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.
Getting Started in the Role of Executor
Serving as an Executor (sometimes called a Personal Representative or Administrator) of an Estate doesn’t have to be a nightmare, but it’s important to be organized from the start. As the Executor you are going to be the person who is legally responsible for protecting the assets of the decedent until the probate estate... Read More
Have Questions About Probate & Estate Administration? We Can Help!
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 estate administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 30 years.Why Choose Us? It’s Simple Really:
- We Offer Affordable Flat Fees
- We Provide Free Legal... Read More
Probate Estate Administration on a Flat Fee Basis
If you’ve recently lost a loved one and suddenly find yourself in need of an estate attorney to guide you through the probate process, make sure that you know what you’re getting into before you sign the fee agreement.
Probably the most common way estate attorneys charge is by basing their fees on a percentage of the total value of the estate that they will be... Read More
Common Myths & Misconceptions About Estate Planning & Probate Estate Administration
People have all kinds of misconceptions when it comes to Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration. They often hear horror stories about the time, costs and expenses that will be involved in handling these types of legal matters. Those stories are often high exaggerated or involve celebrities whose estates are far from the norm. Typically, these kind of legal... Read More
PROBATE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
If you are about to enter into the often difficult and confusing process of administering a loved one’s estate, stop and do your homework before you jump in. Just because your loved one left a Will, it does not necessarily mean that you are going to have to open and probate their estate.
Probate is triggered not by the fact that someone had or did not have a Will at... Read More
PROBATE MADE SIMPLE AND AFFORDABLE
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 law firm’s practice is focused exclusively on Estate Planning and Estate Administration law and our... Read More
Rule #1 for Executors: Keep the Beneficiaries Well-Informed
Serving as an Executor is certainly an honor, but it’s also a lot of work. You can easily overwhelmed by many responsibilities and forget that there are anxious beneficiaries waiting in the background. While your priorities should remain focused on gathering the estate assets, paying the bills and filing the appropriate tax return, don’t forget to keep the beneficiaries... Read More
Pittsburgh Probate Estate & Trust Administration Law
If you’re about to become the Executor or Administrator of a loved one’s estate, don’t panic. At American Wills and Estates our trusted and experienced estate attorneys have been guiding clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the Probate Estate and Trust Administration process with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years.
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What Does an Executor Actually Do?
Being named as the Executor/Executrix of a loved one's estate is a great honor, but it's also a great responsibility. Usually the first question we get from a client who is about to enter into the probate estate administration process is, "what do I actually have to do?" Well, the short answer is, a lot of different things. However, what the Executor's duties boil down... Read More
Don’t Make These Common Probate Estate Administration Mistakes
One of the mistakes we often see people make is rushing to open an estate before they’ve even properly investigated whether or not there may be other options available. Namely, not all estates will require formal probate proceedings. Many estates can be resolved by small estate petitions, by affidavit and... Read More