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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.

Estate Planning

Is it Time for Your Estate Planning Checkup?

So you've already done your estate planning and you're now good to go, right? Wrong. Even if you already have Wills, Power of Attorneys, Living Wills or even a Trust in place, don't just put everything aside and forget about it.

Like everything in life, changes happen. Because of that, we tell all of our clients that it's a very good idea to take a look at their... Read More

Will Lawyers and Will Attorneys

Should You Have a No-Contest Clause in Your Last Will and Testament?

If you're concerned that one or more of your children or other intended heirs might try to challenge the provisions that you have set forth in your Last Will and Testament, you can have a no-contest clause added in the Will, but make sure you understand what it means and whether or not it's actually enforceable. Here's an article that I came across that does a nice job of... Read More

Ensure Your Executor’s Success

March 24, 2017 by Lloyd A. Welling, Esq.

Typically and as part of your overall Pennsylvania estate plan, you will create a Last Will and Testament in which you will be naming and designating an Executor/Executrix to managing your affairs and oversee the probate process following your death. Obviously, this is an extremely important role and choosing the right person... Read More

Estate Planning

Estate Planning Lessons Learned

Here's an article that I came across in Forbes magazine that really does a nice job of laying out why it's so very important to have at least a basic estate plan in place. The article relates one woman's personal story of what she learned about money and estate matters after her father's death. As she tells it, her father was good but complicated man and, unfortunately, he... 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
Wills and Estates

Do I Really Need a Will?

People are constantly asking me, "Lloyd, do I really need a Will. Isn't that something only people with a lot of money need?" And my answer is always a big, resounding NO. Not only should everyone have at least a simple Will as part of their estate plan, they should most definitely also have a well drafted Power of Attorney and Living Will as part of their overall plan as... Read More

Common Estate Planning Mistakes by NFL Players

Learn From These 6 Estate Planning Mistakes of NFL Players In honor of the Big Game, this article explains six of the estate planning mistakes that NFL players commonly make. While not everyone will earn as much as an NFL star, the average American can still benefit from avoiding these mistakes in their own lives.

1. Living in the present, instead of planning for the... Read More

The Importance of Organizing Your Estate Plan


If, like so many, you are prone to disorder in the keeping of important documents, assuming that you keep them at all, you may be well past due for a makeover of your estate plan and your end-of-life instructions. It is not just a matter of maintaining tidiness for its own sake: a lot of money and time could... Read More

Executor, Probate Attorney, Estate Lawyer, Estate Attorney

A Few Things Every Executor Needs to Know

If you've recently been named to serve as the Executor of a loved one's estate, here's a great little article that

appeared in the AARP Bulletin a while back that really does a nice job highlighting some of the very important

things that you should be aware of.  Take a read, I think you'll find it very useful.  If you still have questions when

your done... Read More

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