Pittsburgh Probate and Estate Administration Lawyers
Knowledgeable attorneys providing probate and estate administration services for more than 40 years
It is an honor and privilege to be selected by a loved one to administer that person’s financial and personal affairs upon his or her passing. But when the time comes to actually administer the decedent’s estate, it can be a daunting burden. You may never have done this before. You may not be familiar with the process and procedures. You may not have the time to attend to every detail, or even know where to begin. Let a Fingeret Law attorney help you probate your loved one’s will and administer the estate.
The first step an executor must take is to file the decedent’s original will in the office of the Register of Wills in the county where the decedent resided at the time of death. Other documents the executor may need when probating the will are:
- A Petition for Probate and Grant of Letters — This document requests that the will be filed and that the executor be officially authorized. If the decedent died without a will, this form can be used to request that a spouse or other survivor be appointed to administer the decedent’s estate.
- A death certificate — This must be an original with an official seal.
- The filing fee — The cost of filing varies by county.
- Oath of Subscribing Witness(es) — If those who witnessed the signing of the original will did not have their signatures notarized at the time the will was signed, they can use this form to affirm under oath that they witnessed the signing of the will.
- Oath of Non-subscribing Witness(es) — If the witnesses to the signing of the will did not have their signatures notarized when the will was signed and they are not available to affirm that they witnessed the signing, this form can be used by others to affirm under oath that they recognize the decedent’s handwritten signature on the will.
A Fingeret Law probate attorney in Pittsburgh can prepare the necessary documents and accompany you to the office of the Register of Wills.
Let a Fingeret Law attorney help you administer your loved one’s estate
Once official authority is granted to the executor, that person has the responsibility of carrying out the provisions set forth in the decedent’s will. These provisions generally cover:
- Paying funeral expenses
- Paying state and federal estate, inheritance and other taxes
- Paying medical expenses for last illness
- Paying debts to creditors
- Distributing specifically identified personal property to the heirs named by the decedent
- Distributing other personal property to the heirs
- Selling or otherwise disposing of the remaining personal property
- Transferring ownership of or selling the real property owned by the decedent
- Distributing the remainder of the estate to the named heirs
- Creating trusts for the benefit of minors named as heirs
- Arranging for the care and guardianship of children as directed by the decedent in the will
- Complying with the reporting and filing requirements of the Register of Wills and the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court
The court imposes strict deadlines for many of these activities, so it is wise to let an estate administration attorney manage estate administration.
Contact a Fingeret Law probate attorney today
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 412-254-8533 or contact us online. We have served the Greater Pittsburgh community for more than 40 years in the practice areas of elder law, medical assistance planning, estate planning, wills, special needs trusts and guardianships. We travel to clients.