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Know your options in a contested estate matter

With probate and estate administration, Pennsylvania residents may sometimes get involved in a will contest. They don't know quite what to expect. The average person has limited exposure to our legal system, but even those who know a bit about the process can be left to wonder what their options are when an estate matter is contested.

What are the basics of probate?

Many people know that estate planning involves crafting a set of priorities for assets and determining who will become the guardian of minor children. But, there are certain terms involved in the estate planning process that some people may be unfamiliar with, like "probate." So, what is probate and what is the role of a probate court in estate administration?

Appoint the right people for important roles in an estate plan

When Pennsylvania residents are having a comprehensive estate plan drafted, they are, out of necessity, determining who they can depend on in crucial moments of their life. First and foremost, choosing the right attorney to help craft your estate plan is a big decision. But, who will you appoint to play key roles when your estate plan is put into effect?

The basic components of an estate plan

Some people avoid the topic of estate planning because they think it is morbid. Why would you spend time thinking about what could happen to your property after death? Well, perhaps the biggest reason to think about estate planning is to consider the impact that passing on your assets to heirs and beneficiaries will have on those people's lives. When it comes to estate planning, the biggest step is to just get started.

The duties of the Executor of a Will

Who handles probate and estate administration for a decedent? Pennsylvania residents are probably aware that it is the Executor named in the decedent's Will. Many people consider it an honor to be designated as the Executor, but they do not fully understand the duties of the executor of a will. When these duties are explained, most individuals know that they will need the help of an experienced estate attorney to properly fulfill their responsibilities.

Taking the right steps in probate and estate administration

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.

Discussing estate planning with your children

Previous posts here have mentioned how many people wait until later in life to begin seriously thinking about estate planning. So, the reasoning should be that most people over the age of 50 probably have estate planning documents in place, right? Well, according to an AARP survey, only about 60 percent of adults between the ages of 53 and 71 have any kind of estate planning documents.

What are the basics of probate and estate administration in PA?

What is probate and estate administration in Pennsylvania? When a person dies owning assets in his or her name alone, an estate may need to be "opened" by a personal representative to handle the assets and to settle the decedent's affairs. When Pennsylvania residents have had a loved one pass away, they may find themselves in a situation where the probate of a Will is needed. They may have more than a few questions about the process of probate and estate administration and what steps to take, which require help from an estate attorney.

Where to probate out-of-state property

Every executor comes to the estate administration process with a different amount of estate administration experience. Many people have no estate administration experience at all. Others have administered one or two estates before, and some have lots of experience with administering estates. Given the varying levels of experience people have, it is important that estate executors be familiar with the various duties and obligations of their position.

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