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: WHAT’S IT MEAN AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Posted on January 6, 2019 by Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.
The terms “Probate” and “Probate Estate Administration” are often used synonymously. The formal process by which an Executor or Administrator is appointed by the Register of Wills or other named local county office to oversee the administration of an estate for a person who has died (a Decedent), is called Probate... 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
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
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
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