Pittsburgh Probate Attorneys
Backed by 150 Combined Years of Experience
Probate is a legal process that occurs after someone dies. It is a highly complex and time-sensitive process the requires you, the personal representative, to handle a variety of duties, such as:
- Proving the validity of a deceased person’s will
- Identifying and accounting for the deceased person’s assets
- Appraising the property
- Serving notice on creditors
- Ensuring debts and taxes are paid
- Distributing the property according to the will
Typically, the probate process lasts 6 months to one year but has been simplified to a more “informal” process thanks to the Uniform Probate Code. With our experience and expertise, our Pittsburgh probate lawyers can help you navigate:
- Trust and estate disputes
- Probate litigation
- Will contests
- Inheritance issues arising from common law marriages
- Issues related to the lack of capacity to write a will, wills, trusts, or gifts created under undue influence, fraud, or mistake
- Beneficiary rights
Rather than going at it alone, retain our probate attorneys to represent you and guide you every step of the way. We welcome you to schedule a consultation online or at (888) 458-0991 to get started. Time is of the essence.
Common Issues in Probate
The probate process is notoriously complicated, especially when it’s handled without the help of a lawyer. To better prepare you for the road ahead, however, we explain 4 common issues you may experience in the probate process below:
- Costs: Probate costs for personal representatives are expensive, however, you will be reimbursed for any out-of-pocket expenses made during the process.
- Contests: Disputes between beneficiaries and family members are among the most common issues affecting the probate process. A loved one’s death is an emotional situation in and of itself and the probate process may exacerbate this because it tends to foster tensions among beneficiaries, especially when a decedent’s estate contains significant assets and complex provisions.
- Validity: A key element of the probate process is determining whether or not a decedent’s will is valid. This is the first and foremost step in the process, as an estate cannot be administered efficiently with an invalid will. If a will is valid, however, the estate can be administered according to the will’s directions. If it is invalid, however, the estate is subject to Pennsylvania’s Intestacy Law rather than your loved one’s wishes. From there, the estate is administered to those who are legally entitled to such assets under the state’s Intestacy statute.
- No legal representation: Many personal representatives tend to handle the probate process alone. Given the complexity and procedures in the process, however, it is always a good idea to hire an experienced probate attorney who can guide you throughout the process and ensure your loved one’s estate is administered according to their intentions. Without an attorney, the process can become delayed or unsuccessful altogether. Don’t let this happen to you!
Rather than navigating your situation alone, we strongly urge you to retain our seasoned Pittsburgh probate attorneys to help you throughout the process. It’s worth it. Why should you choose Feldmann Nagel Cantafio & Song PLLC for your probate needs? See what we have to offer below:
- Personalized attention: We will work closely with you to understand your situation, your family dynamics, and your short-term and long-term goals. From there, we can find customized solutions tailored to your unique situation, rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach.
- Proven track record for client satisfaction: We have a reputation for achieving favorable outcomes for countless clients near and far.
- Affordable legal fees: We pride ourselves on providing cost-effective legal fees.
- Handles cases nationwide: We serve clients throughout the US and across the globe.
- 150 years of combined experience: Experience is a key factor in our success. Our lawyers bring a wealth of experience to the table, allowing us to better represent you and counsel you in the process.
To schedule your free consultation, get in touch with us online or at (888) 458-0991!