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The Fundamentals Of Probate Administration In Pennsylvania
Probate administration is the legal process by which assets owned by a decedent’s estate are passed to the decedent’s heirs at law, either according to the terms of their will, or if there was no will left behind, according to Pennsylvania’s intestate laws. Unfortunately for the family members, administering an estate can take months or even years, and filing fees, taxes, and court costs can make probate administration extremely expensive.
If your loved one’s estate is valued at less than $50,000, then you and your surviving family members may request that the estate be administered in a simplified probate administration. If the estate is valued at more than $50,000, though, you will likely have to go through traditional probate procedures. If your loved one dies with a valid will, an executor or personal representative named in the will is responsible for overseeing the distribution of the decedent’s assets. The personal representative must carry out their responsibilities in accordance with Pennsylvania law and probate procedures.
Retaining A Nazareth Probate Lawyer Can Have Many Benefits
Probate may take longer if you attempt to undertake probate on your own. Focusing on filing court documents and attending hearings is difficult to do while you are processing the loss of your family member. Also, a personal representative can be personally liable for making mistakes or mishandling tasks during the probate of an estate. If you’re named the personal representative, you could be fined for unintentionally missing deadlines or violating your duties under Pennsylvania law. Our knowledgeable and skilled Nazareth probate lawyer can help make the probate process less overwhelming. Daly Law Offices can assist you with all of the following probate tasks:
- determining whether the decedent’s estate needs to go through probate
- filing the will with the court of the county where the decedent lived
- filing a petition for probate
- answering any questions about probate administration
- explaining legal options in clear language
- providing personalized legal advice regarding probate administration
- taking inventory and appraising the decedent’s assets
- providing written notice to the will’s beneficiaries and creditors
- obtaining affidavits and declarations from the attesting witnesses
- negotiating debts with creditors
- filing an estate tax return and paying estate taxes
- distributing assets to heirs and beneficiaries
- preparing a final accounting
- And more
Many residents of Nazareth may not understand that making an estate plan can help their surviving family members avoid the stress and complexities of probate administration. Because we are well-versed in estate planning law as well as probate law, we can help you with your own estate planning goals so your family won’t have to go through the same thing upon your death.
Why Choose Daly Law Offices To Represent You
Attorney Joshua N. Daly, the lead Nazareth probate lawyer at Daly Law Offices, has over 15 years of experience helping families navigate the complexities of the probate process and reach the quickest, most efficient resolution possible so they can move forward with their lives after loss. He provides an unmatched level of empathy, committed attention, and quality legal service for each and every client he works with. He is focused on giving you peace of mind! Probate is time-sensitive. Call today to book a free consultation and get your questions answered.
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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!
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