Probate & Estate Administration

Probate and estate administration can be very complicated but Keystone Elder Law P.C. can help make this necessary process much easier. Probate is the process by which a will is proved valid or invalid. A person who creates a will is referred to as the Testator/trix. The Testator/trix may appoint someone to handle their estate for them after they have passed away, this person is known as the Personal Representative or Executor/trix. The Personal Representative must file the will at the courthouse if the Testator/trix had any property in his or her name alone without a beneficiary designation at the time of his or her death.

Estate administration can be done by a non-lawyer appointed as Personal Representative. However, most Personal Representatives seek the counsel of an Attorney because the process can be so complex, involving preparation of an inventory of the estate’s assets, paying debts and general administrative costs, preparing tax returns, giving notice to the beneficiaries, and filing the initial court paperwork in order to open the probate estate. Keystone charges reasonable fees for this service in order to make the aftermath of the death of a loved one a lot less stressful.  We work hard to administer the estate in the most efficient manner possible through the use of cutting-edge technology which also enables us to reduce costs.  Fees are based on a case by case basis and may be hourly or a flat rate.

For additional information or questions, give us a call at 717-697-3223.