Estate administration and the probate process can be complicated, with many different options for every person's unique circumstances. It takes training, attention to detail and no small amount of patience to handle matters in this area of law.
In Pennsylvania, the family members of a person who dies will have quite a few responsibilities in the immediate aftermath when it comes to the person's estate. If the person died without a will or other estate planning documents in place, state law will determine the distribution of the person's estate. This can be a painstaking process for the probate court, and the costs for it will come out of the estate. Often, the result is not what the person would have wanted, and not what the heirs need.
If the person took the right steps in estate planning, the designated beneficiaries will receive assets in accordance with the terms of the will. However, the court must still oversee the administration of the estate to make sure it goes according to law, and according to the person's stated wishes.
When it comes to estate administration and probate court, many Pennsylvania residents will likely have questions about the legal process. At our law firm, we work with our clients to attempt to make sure that estates are administered correctly and that debts are paid and assets distributed appropriately.
However, there are times when probate disputes can erupt between family members. While this is never a desired scenario, when this does occur, it is important to be prepared for the legal fight. At our law firm, we represent Pennsylvania residents who are going through a probate dispute. We work to help our clients reach the best resolution in the case. For more information, please visit our estate administration page.