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If you’ve recently lost a loved one, we are incredibly sorry for the grief you’re likely experiencing. You should be focused on mourning, celebrating their life, and finding comfort in your family, but this may not be possible for you if their estate was left in disarray when they passed. If their assets and property must go through probate, you’ll want to make sure you secure the skilled legal representation you need to make sure each step is handled correctly; otherwise, it’s possible that probate could last much longer and cost much more.

Our lead Orefield probate lawyer has helped countless Pensylvanians successfully navigate the probate process and get their loved one’s assets distributed to their heirs quickly and efficiently. If you are the executor (or personal representative) of the estate, you have an especially difficult set of responsibilities that, when coupled with your own daily life, could cause an immense amount of undue stress to this already emotional time. Contact Daly Law Offices today to learn how we can minimize the burden of probate and help you move forward.

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What Is Probate And Why Is It Necessary?

While probate generally gets a bad rap, it’s important for you to know that it isn’t some sort of punishment for anything your loved one did something wrong. They likely just did not realize how important taking the time to get a sufficient estate plan created was, or perhaps they simply ran out of time. Thus, probate becomes a necessary, court-monitored step for ensuring that their money, property, and other assets are divided and distributed to their heirs according to the terms of their will (or the laws of intestate succession, if they did not have a will). Without probate, anyone would be able to lay claim to another person’s hard-earned life savings, and that would be pretty chaotic!

In some cases, a simplified version of probate can be sought if the total value of the estate was less than $50,000. There are also some assets which bypass probate, such as trusts and jointly-owned assets. Our knowledgeable Orefield probate lawyer will be able to provide clarity on whether probate is necessary for your loved one’s unique financial circumstances.

How Does Probate Work In Pennsylvania?

To initiate the probate process, the executor or personal representative will need to submit the deceased’s will (if they had one) and death certificate to the court and file a petition to open probate. Once probate is opened, the executor or personal representative will:

  • Give legal notice to creditors, beneficiaries, and the public
  • Collect, protect, and inventory assets
  • Have assets appraised
  • Settle debts with creditors
  • File final tax returns
  • Pay taxes (including the inheritance tax)
  • Prepare a financial accounting
  • Distribute assets to beneficiaries
  • Close the estate
  • And more.

All of this can be extremely overwhelming for a single person to handle, as it requires a significant time commitment and a considerable amount of paperwork. It would be easy for someone to make a seemingly harmless mistake that ends up causing problems later on. Having our experienced Orefield probate lawyer on your side guarantees that each step will be handled correctly and in a timely manner!

How Can Working With An Orefield Probate Lawyer Give Me An Advantage?

Make no mistake, probate is an extremely intricate legal process that involves a great deal of communication with the court. Even the most innocent of errors could leave both the estate and you personally liable to lawsuits, as well as additional fines and the threat of the process being extended for months longer than it should. In order to save yourself time, money, and stress, it’s in your best interest to have Daly Law Offices involved as early on in the process.

We are committed to providing the high-quality service you deserve, and we are confident that you will have peace of mind that you made the right choice by choosing our firm. Call today to schedule your free consultation and discover more about how our attentive Orefield probate lawyer can exceed your expectations!

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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.

Beth Macik

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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