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.
Pittsburgh’s #1 Choice for Probate Estate Administration Law
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 26 year.What Sets Us Apart?
Our entire practice is limited to Estate Planning and Probate Estate Administration... Read More
ESTATE ATTORNEYS: FEES AND COSTS
If you find yourself in need of hiring an estate attorney to assist you in the administration of a loved one’s estate, make sure you don’t end up paying way more than you need to.
Estate attorneys typically bill one of three ways: on a percentage basis; on an hourly basis; or on a flat fee basis. So which billing method is the right choice for you? Well let’s take... Read More
What to Look for When Hiring an Estate Attorney
If you’ve recently lost a loved one and are looking to begin the probate estate administration process, there are three extremely important things you should consider before hiring an estate attorney to guide you through this process.Experience
How much experience does the attorney have when it comes to handling estates? An attorney may have been in practice for... Read More
Helpful Guidelines for Executors and Trustees
Being named by a loved one as an Executor or Trustee of their estate is a great honor, but it can also be a daunting responsibility. Here's a great article that I came across that was put out by the American Bar Association that does a really nice job of explaining not only the different terminology that you're likely to encounter when serving as an Executor or Trustee,... Read More
Affordable Executor Help & Assistance
If you've recently lost a loved one and find yourself about to begin the probate estate administration process and are not sure where to turn for trusted, experienced and affordable legal assistance, we can help. The law firm of American Wills & Estates has been assisting clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania through the probate process with... Read More
So You’ve Been Named the Executor…..Now What?
As if losing a love one wasn’t difficult enough, you now find yourself responsible for carrying out the administration of the estate. Sure, being named Executor is an honor and reflects the fact that the decedent had a lot of confidence in you to take on the role, but it’s also a whole lot of work and responsibility as well. Don’t think so? Take a look at just some of... Read More
Another Lesson in Bad Celebrity Estate Planning
It never fails to amaze me how a person can have fame, celebrity and a boatload of money and, yet, fail to have even a remotely adequate estate plan. Here's an article I came across that does a nice job of explaining why Whitney Houston's failure to have a well thought out and drafted estate plan left such a mess for her family and loved ones to deal with. Take a look.... Read More
Why Do I Need a Will?
I constantly hear people say, "I don't need a Will, my estate is too small to matter." Well, this is just a silly statement. No matter the size of your estate, you should have a Will. Here's an article I recently read that does a nice job of setting forth the top 10 reasons why having a Will is so necessary and important. Take a look, I think you'll find it to be pretty... Read More
What Are The Responsibilities of An Executor?
So you’ve been appointed to handle the administration of a loved one’s estate. What now? This is a very serious role that you’re about to enter into. Rule number one, don’t take your responsibilities lightly. As the personal representative of the estate, you will have a fiduciary obligation to the heirs, beneficiaries and potential creditors of the estate. If you make... Read More
Estate Planning Can Make a Big Difference
So you think estate planning has to be dull and boring? Here's a list of some prominent celebrities who clearly understood the significance of having a well thought out and drafted estate plan in place. All of these individuals left sizable legacies to their families, friends, charities and other heirs in prudent and thoughtful manners that avoided the fighting and... Read More