Sikov and Love, P.A.
Call To Speak With An Experienced Attorney
Comprehensive Elder Law Services Addressing
a Full Range of Legal Issues

Probate - What is it?

Many people want to avoid Probate but are not sure what that term means. Here is a simple way to understand Probate. When a person dies owning assets in his or her name alone, an estate must be "opened" by a personal representative to handle the assets and to settle the decedent's affairs. If the decedent died with a Last Will and Testament, this Will must be filed for Probate at the local Register of Wills, along with Petition for Grant of Letters and an original death certificate.

This filing procedure is known as "Probate." If the Will is notarized, it is "self-proving" otherwise two witnesses must prove the decedent's signature. After the Will is probated, Letters Testamentary will be issued to the personal representative named in the Will, who is now known as the Executor (male) or Executrix (female). If the decedent died without a Will, the Register of Wills issues Letters of Administration to the personal representative, who is known as the Administrator or Administratrix. The Letters are only granted to certain individuals, with priority as follows: residuary legatees under the Will, a surviving spouse, intestate heirs (preference is given to the closest relations), the principal creditors of the decedent at the time of death, and other fit persons.

It is best to work on Probate and Estate Administration with an experienced attorney, who can prepare the Petition for Grant of Letters, file it and take the necessary steps to ensure that the Probate process proceeds in a timely manner.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Tell Us About Your Case

Tell Us About Your Case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Office Location:

Sikov and Love, P.A.
428 Forbes Avenue, Suite 1400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Toll Free: 877-897-8025
Phone: 412-567-1236
Fax: 412-261-1455
Map & Directions

Phone Number: