What is the probate process? For many people, Probate is a fearful thing; however, with Estate attorneys at Anderson & Labovitz, the “burden” of probate can be taken off of your shoulders and handled in a smooth, efficient and cost-effective manner.
When an individual passes away, his or her Estate, whether there is a Will or no Will at all, must generally go through probate in order for the estate to be administered. However, there are various caveats that we work through with all of our clients in our very first meeting to try and avoid the lengthy and often costly probate process.
Often times, even though a local bank may state you must probate or you must have a Short Certificate, the probate process can be fully avoided and that bank asset can be transferred to the beneficiaries.
The Probate Process
With respect to decedents’ estates that must be probated, the process can be an onerous one with complicated paperwork that can be difficult to handle on your own. We know that this is likely a difficult time for you. As your probate and estate law firm, we guide fiduciaries through the probate process, appear in court as required, and implement your family member’s Estate Plan. We will ensure all inventories, accounts, and necessary tax returns are filed properly, so you can focus on comforting your family. We will work to marshal assets, handle creditors with claims, and pass along the inheritance to the beneficiaries in an effort to ensure the Estate Plan is fully accomplished.
Even if your loved one has passed away with a negative or insolvent estate, or in debt, our firm can help you understand your rights and options regarding the estate.
Who to Hire
Some people have the misconception that they must seek out the same lawyer who originally drafted the will. This is not true. The Executor or family members handling an estate can seek counsel from any Pennsylvania licensed Attorney of their choosing.
You can count on us to work closely with you to handle your loved one’s Estate, whether small or large, in an expeditious and cost-effective manner. Call us now at 412-209-3200 or send us an email at aanderson@PaLawFirm.com to schedule a free, no-obligation conference to assess your needs.
Trust, estate and tax laws are constantly changing. We counsel clients with up-to-date advice in order to properly plan their estates, protect the assets they build over a lifetime, and ensure the family is protected. We are here to help answer any questions you may have and are just a phone call away at 412-209-3200 or feel free to or send us an email at aanderson@PaLawFirm.com or at eevans@PaLawFirm.com.