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Q&A: Probate in Pennsylvania

The term ‘probate’ tends to cause a lot of confusion. The term frequently gets misinterpreted or misconstrued in casual conversation which can make knowing how to approach this aspect of estate planning difficult or even scary.

In order to clear up some of the confusion surrounding probate and probate law, here are some straightforward answers to some of your most common probate questions.

What is probate?

The term probate refers to the process of administering someone’s estate under the court’s supervision and rules.

In Pennsylvania, the probate process starts with filing a petition to name an executor (if there is a will) or an administrator (if the deceased had not written a will). The executor or administrator must adhere to certain rules prescribed by the law which cover advertising the estate, filing the asset inventory and notifying heirs. The law also determines the circumstances under which a will can be contested, when creditors can make claims, and how an administrator or executor can obtain court approval for estate distribution and administration.

Some steps of probating an estate can be skipped in Pennsylvania if consent is granted by the beneficiaries and the executor or administrator. A probate lawyer can help you navigate the process and guide you through probate procedure.

Proper planning ensures that probate can be carried out efficiently and that the wishes of the decedent are accomplished in a timely manner. A probate lawyer can help you put plans in place to ensure the probate process goes smoothly.

What is a probate lawyer?

A probate lawyer (also termed estate lawyer) organizes the filing of a deceased individual’s will or last testament.

What does a probate lawyer do?

A Fingeret Law probate attorney in Pittsburgh can help you probate your loved one’s will and administer the estate. The Fingeret Law attorneys are involved with the probate process from the beginning until conclusion of the administration. What appears to be a daunting task to one not familiar with the probate process, becomes understandable under the guidance of the Fingeret Law attorneys.

To discuss your specific needs and to find out how a Pittsburgh probate lawyer can help you probate a will and administer an estate, please call us at Fingeret Law at 412.281.8222 or contact us online.

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