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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.

Probate Estate Administration Help


If you’ve recently lost a loved one and are not sure where to turn for experienced, trusted and affordable estate administration assistance, we’re here to help.  American Wills & Estates is a locally founded, owned and operated law firm that has been guiding clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western... Read More

Probate Estate Help

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

Commonly Held Probate Myths

October 25, 2018 by Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

Most folks know little or nothing when it comes to the actual probate process and the administrative steps that follow.  Sure, most of us know that it has something to do with what happens after the death of a loved one, but beyond that our typical understanding of the actual process is often shrouded in popular myths and... Read More



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

Register of Wills Short Certificates

What is a Short Certificate and How Do I Get One?

If you’ve recently lost a love one and are being told by their bank or other financial institutions that you’ll need to get a short certificate before they can talk to you about the accounts, what does this mean?  Well, the simple answer is that it means someone has to be appointed by the court as the administrator or executor of the estate.  What it really means is that... 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

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 Costs

Why Should You Choose Our Law Firm If You Need A Probate Estate Attorney?


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.

We have been assisting clients throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania through the often difficult and emotional probate estate administration process with competency,... Read More

The Probate Estate Administration Process Doesn't Have to be Scary.



The probate process sounds intimidating, doesn’t it?  It sounds like you’re about to enter a world of paperwork and governmental red tape all while still being in the process of mourning the passing of a loved one. Well, even though it’s a process that may not occur at the best of times, it certainly doesn’t have... Read More

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