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Are you a resident of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania who has recently suffered the loss of a loved one? If so, we are incredibly sorry for what you’re going through right now. Grieving and healing from a death in the family is difficult enough, but your stress and emotional turmoil can be heightened if your loved one didn’t have a plan for how their estate should be divided and distributed after they were gone. Even if they did have a plan, such as a will, it is likely the estate will still have to go through the complicated Pennsylvania probate process, which is notoriously time-consuming and expensive.
These legal matters are best handled with the involvement of an experienced and knowledgeable probate attorney who can help you avoid making mistakes that could drag probate out even longer and incur additional expenses that significantly impact the estate. Our lead Catasauqua probate attorney, Joshua N. Daly has over 15 years of experience navigating clients through probate matters that range from the most simple to the most complex. Call Daly Law Offices today to schedule your free initial consultation and learn how we can efficiently resolve your probate matters so that you can move forward.
Why Does Probate Happen In Pennsylvania?
When someone dies with no clear or valid estate plan for how their assets should be distributed, probate must occur to determine how their possessions, money, and other property will be legally transferred out of their name and into the name of their heirs. Even if the individual had a will, it is likely that the estate will still go through probate (unless it has a value of less than $50,000, in which case a simplified version of probate may occur). As already stated, probate can take up to a year to be fully resolved and can become extremely expensive as taxes, court costs, and filing fees pile up.
Nevertheless, probate isn’t an inherently “bad” thing, and it doesn’t mean that your loved one did anything wrong. They likely just did not realize how an estate plan could benefit their family, or perhaps they simply ran out of time. The purpose of probate is to ensure that the wishes of their will are carried out, or if they had no will, that the intestacy laws of Pennsylvania are followed.
How Can A Catasauqua Probate Lawyer Assist You With The Probate Process?
If you were named the estate executor in your loved one’s will (or were appointed the personal representative by a judge in the absence of a will), you have a long list of duties to carry out with careful consideration, which include:
- Filing the probate petition
- Filing the will with the court in the county where your loved one was living
- Obtaining sworn statements from witnesses of the will and filing them with the county court
- Issuing formal notice to creditors and beneficiaries of the will
- Taking inventory of the decedent’s assets and doing an appraisal
- Negotiating and settling debts with creditors
- Filing a tax return and paying estate taxes when necessary
- Assembling a final accounting
- Transferring assets to all heirs and beneficiaries
- And more.
Committing errors at any point in the probate process could leave you personally liable and potentially lead to lawsuits, additional fines, or an extended probate process. To ensure that you haven’t made any risky mistakes, it is crucial that our attentive Catasauqua probate lawyer assist you each step of the way. He will explain your options while cutting down on the confusing legal jargon that you may not understand and answer any questions that arise. You can rely on him to simplify the probate process and handle many of the above tasks on your behalf.
Trust Daly Law Offices To Help You Resolve Probate Matters Quickly And Effectively
Don’t suffer under the burden of probate alone while you are still mourning the loss of your loved one. Our capable Catasaqua probate lawyer offers services that are personalized to your unique situation, and is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation possible. Call to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can make this difficult time easier.
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Worked together on a relative’s Estate Planning. Very easy to work with and knowledgeable. So glad we chose Josh. Thank you.
Josh we wanted to take a moment to thank you from the 3 of us from the bottom of our hearts. You are a gift and you have such a gift in what you do and they way you actually do it.
A total class act with the perfect personality for your profession. We can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate you and honestly thank so much. And it won’t be the last you see of us. Much Appreciation. The Stine/DiGiovanni family
*We highly recommend Joshua Daly for Elder Law, wills, etc. This is something that people don’t know what can happen when your parents pass away or what to do. Josh helps prevent as much as you legally can the home and assets being taken by elder care home and/or govt.
What a great experience on a subject people don’t like to talk about but is so important. Josh makes this process pleasant. We are recommending Josh to all our friend and family and friends. Everyone should get their ducks in a row. I am glad we met Josh & finally did this!
Thank you Josh
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