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Probate Attorneys

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.

  • Looking to Hire an Estate Attorney? Don't get Tricked into Paying too Much

    If you’ve recently experienced the loss of a loved one and find yourself faced with the task of administering their estate, don’t rush into hiring an estate attorney until you fully understand how they are going to charge and how much the whole process is going to cost.

    Typically, estate attorneys charge for their services in one of the following three manners:  on a... Read More

  • Don't Hire An Estate Attorney Until You've Talked To Our Law Firm

    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 attorneys have over 145 years of combined legal experience and we offer the majority of our firm’s Estate... Read More

  • Pittsburgh Probate Law Firm

    Pittsburgh's #1 Estate Law Firm

    American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania with all of their Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration needs for over 25 years.

    If you’ve lost a loved one and need help with probate estate administration process, make sure you speak with us... Read More

  • Recently Experienced a Death in the Family? Here are Ten Things You Need to Know

    A Deceased Person’s Power of Attorney is No Longer Valid

    People often confuse the fact that, if they were the deceased person’s agent under a Durable Power of Attorney while he or she was still alive, they can then use that same authority to go forward with the administration of the individual’s estate. But beware, that document becomes null and void after a person’s death... 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Last Will and Testament

    The Importance of Having a Last Will and Testament

    The importance of having a Last Will and Testament and.....a little Purple Rain to go with it. Estate planning doesn't have to be scary, difficult or expensive, but it's so very important to get it done. Quit procrastinating folks, despite the rumors to the contrary....none of us are going to live forever.
    http://fox2now.com/2016/05/03/importance-of-having-a-will/... Read More

  • Power of Attorneys are Extremely Important, But Make Sure You Understand What You Are Signing

    A well drafted Durable Power of Attorney is an extremely important part of most of our clients overall estate plans, but make sure you understand the significance of the power that you will be granting. This article that appeared in the N.Y. Times does a nice job of explaining the importance of these documents, but also how they can lead to fraud and abuse if given to the... Read More

  • 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

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