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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.

Important Steps to Take When a Parent or Loved One Starts to Show Signs of Alzheimer's or Dementia

5.5 million Americans are currently suffering from Alzheimer's disease and 1 in 3 of us our likely to be impacted by it during our lifetimes. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the importance of planning in advance to protect ourselves as best as possible against the potential impact of this awful disease becomes all the more important.

If you have a... Read More

Avoiding Probate

How a Transfer on Death (TOD) Designation Can Help Avoid Probate

I'm always talking to my clients about simple steps they can take that go along ways toward avoiding probate costs and expenses for their children. Here's a great article on how a Transfer on Death (TOD) designation can go along way toward helping you avoid probate. Take a look.


If you'd like to find out more about steps that you can take... 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

7 Compelling Reasons Why You Need a Last Will and Testament

Seven common sense reasons why we should all have a Last Will and Testament. Take a look, I think you'll find these reasons eye opening and pretty compelling.


Pittsburgh's Premier Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration Law Firm

Before you hire another Estate Attorney, make sure you check out our law firm.

At American Wills & Estates we've been representing and assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania with competency, compassion and care for over 25 years. So what really sets us apart from the rest?

  • Our practice is focused exclusively on Estate Planning... Read More
Pittsburgh Probate

What To Expect From a Probate Estate Administration Law Firm

The Probate process is initiated by obtaining either Letters Testamentary (if there is a Will) or Letters of Administration (if the Decedent died without having made a Will).

This is the beginning of a process that often includes interconnected layers of complexity that require legal professionals who specialize in Probate Estate Administration—like the attorneys at... Read More


Have you recently found yourself tasked with having to handle the probate estate administration of a loved one's estate? Not sure how to proceed or where to turn for trusted legal advice? The law firm of American Wills & Estates has been assisting clients throughout Western Pennsylvania through the often emotional and stressful probate process for over 25 years. We... 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 Mistakes

Probate Mistakes - What Not to Do if You're an Executor

Serving as the Executor of a loved one's estate is a great honor, but it's also a serious obligation and undertaking. Sometimes, mistakes can be made that will turn the job into a real nightmare.

Here's an interesting article that I came across in the Wall Street Journal that does a nice job of highlighting some of the big mistakes that every Executor should strive... Read More

Pennsylvania Estate Planning and Dying Without a Will

What Happens if You Die Without a Will in Pennsylvania? PA Laws of Intestate Succession

Creating an Estate Plan Doesn’t Have to be Hard, But Not Having One Can be Very Hard on Your Family!

If you die without a will in Pennsylvania, your assets will pass to your closet living next of kin pursuant to state “intestate succession” laws. Here are some basics on how intestate succession works in Pennsylvania.

Which Assets Are Affected?

Only those assets that... Read More

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