Probate & Estate Administration
Pittsburgh Probate Attorney & Butler Estate Administration Lawyer
After the loss of a loved one, distributing the assets and taking care of any debts of the deceased can often be an overwhelming procedure for many people. We are here to help. We can handle all aspects of estate administration and probate so you can properly grieve and focus on more important tasks.
What is Probate?
Probate is the legal process of filing the will with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and having the state recognize the executor of your estate. If someone dies without a will, probate will have the state recognize an administrator to handle their estate. For residents of Pennsylvania, probate occurs with the Register of Wills office in the county where the person resided. If a person did not reside in Pennsylvania, but owned real estate in Pennsylvania, a will may still be probated in the county where the deceased held real estate.
While the term probate often has negative connotation, in Pennsylvania probate and estate administration can often be quite simple. With the guidance of an experienced Pennsylvania Probate attorney, when a person who has a will passes away, probate can often be quick and fairly easy. At Sweeney Law Offices, we are prepared to handle any probate or estate administration matter including:
- Filing a petition for probate
- Locating and inventorying assets
- Paying creditors and inheritance and estate taxes
- If necessary, conducting a formal audit of all property
- Negotiating family settlement agreements and closing the estate
A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania probate lawyer can guide executors, trustees and family members through the often confusing process of probating an estate. Please call us today at 724-742-2590 or email Attorney Sweeney for all your family law needs including probate, estate administration and drafting of wills.