Western PA's Premier Estate Administration & Estate Planning Law Firm

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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.


  • 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

  • Probate Attorneys & Wills, Estates and Trusts

    So What Exactly is a Probate Attorney?

    SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A PROBATE ATTORNEY?

    A probate attorney is one whose practice is focused on counseling and assisting Personal Representatives (also called Executors or Administrators) through the process of administering a loved one’s estate.  In a nutshell, this means managing and settling all of the affairs of the deceased individual and carrying out their final wishes... Read More

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