What Is Probate?
Probate is the court-supervised legal proceeding used to administer the property (called probate property or the probate estate) owned by someone who has died. Probate property is all of the property titled solely in the decedent’s name at the time of his or her death. It is distributed according to terms of the deceased person’s will or, if there is no will, according to Pennsylvania law.
During the probate process, the person named in the will as executor (or the person appointed by the court, if there is no will) is responsible for gathering the deceased’s assets, filing all of the necessary paperwork, making sure that all claims, expenses and taxes of the estate are properly paid, and then distributing the remaining assets to the rightful heirs under the will or according to Pennsylvania law.
If a named executor is unfamiliar with the duties of the position and the various rules and deadlines that must be observed, the process can be overwhelming. At Peak Legal Group, we have experience representing clients in all aspects of estate administration and probate, and we can assist and guide executors and other heirs as they navigate the process.
If you are an executor or a personal representative of an estate, we can make sure that you fulfill all of your legal and fiduciary obligations, meet all of the applicable deadlines, and administer the estate according to your deceased loved one’s wishes.
Pennsylvania Probate and Estate Administration
We understand how difficult it can be to work through unfamiliar estate administration and probate issues, especially in the wake of a loved one’s death. We will work with you to ensure that all of the executor duties are properly fulfilled and that the estate is administered according to the deceased loved one’s wishes.