Compassionate, Capable Help When You Need It
After a loved one passes away, it is difficult enough to deal with the grief of loss without also having to worry about the logistics of your loved one’s estate. An experienced attorney can be an invaluable asset during this difficult time. The , is proud to offer probate representation and guidance to clients throughout Pennsylvania. We can handle the work for you, leaving you free to focus on your needs and those of family members.
What Is Probate?
Probate refers to the process by which a person’s property is transferred after he or she passes away. In Pennsylvania, Probate can occur with or without a valid Will (although a Will does make things easier and faster). If a Will exists, the property will be distributed according to that document. If not, it will be distributed under Pennsylvania’s Intestate laws.
The Duties Of The Personal Representative
Most people who have gone through the process of making a Will have likely also chosen someone to act as the Executor for their estate. If there is no will, however, the court will need to appoint a personal representative.
In broad terms, the duties of the personal representative involve collecting and cataloging all of the decedent’s assets, using estate assets to pay final bills/creditors (as well as taxes and funeral expenses), then distribute the remainder of the estate assets according to the Will or Pennsylvania Intestate laws.
What Our Firm Can Do For You
While nearly any trustworthy person can act as a personal representative, it is typically not a quick or easy job. The process often takes months, and any mistakes can result in both extra financial costs and extra time. For these and other reasons, it’s a good idea for the representative to work with an experienced Probate attorney like Yvette E. Taylor.
We guide you every step of the way, ensuring that all paperwork is correct, all court appearances are attended and no details are overlooked. Whenever needed, we take care of the work for you because we understand that this is a difficult time for you and your family.
A Note About Estate Planning
Probate can often be minimized or avoided entirely if the time and effort is taken to carefully and strategically plan your estate. If you have served as a personal representative and now want to take steps to ensure that your affairs are in order, feel free to visit our estate planning page to learn more about the process.