When a person dies in the state of Pennsylvania, his or her estate typically goes through the probate court in order to properly administer the estate.
Administering an estate generally involves:
- Identifying assets
- Paying debts of the decedent/estate
- Distributing the remaining assets to the heirs/beneficiaries
- Paying any taxes due or owed as a result of the death
- Pursing any third parties owing money to the estate
- Identifying the decedent’s heirs if he or she died intestate
The probate process can be complex, especially if the estate is large and contains many assets, and seeking the advice of an experienced Media, Pennsylvania probate attorney can help the process go more smoothly.
Before you initiate the probate process you should discuss the types of probate available to you and any alternatives that may be appropriate in your circumstances. Each method of probate has its own characteristics and applications — and understanding each type can help you determine which is available and best accomplishes your objectives.
If the estate does not have large assets and the other attendant issues are straightforward, you may have an alternative to formal probate which can reduce the time and costs involved in the formal probate process.
Our estate attorneys can discuss options such as:
- Living trusts
- Joint ownership
- Joint tenancy.
- Payable-on-death designations for bank accounts
Contact a Delaware County Pennsylvania Probate Attorney
If you are entering into probate, or if you are facing a will dispute, our attorneys can protect your rights and interests in estate litigation and will contests. Contact us online or call 610-565-4055 or 302-594-4535 today to discuss your probate matters today.