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Mechanicsburg Probate and Estate Administration Attorney

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Guiding You Through the Final Affairs of Your Loved One

Probate and estate administration are essential processes that involve managing a person’s estate after their passing. This includes settling debts, paying final bills, and distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries. Navigating these legal procedures can feel overwhelming, especially if you have never experienced probate before. That’s where Keystone Elder Law, P.C., comes in. As seasoned Mechanicsburg probate and estate administration attorneys, we provide expert guidance at every step, offering peace of mind during your grieving process.

Understanding Probate in Pennsylvania

The initial step in probate and estate administration involves determining if the deceased individual left a last will and testament. If a will exists, it governs the distribution of assets and appointment of a personal representative to oversee the estate administration. In the absence of a will, Pennsylvania intestacy laws dictate these matters. (Intestacy refers to a situation where someone passes away without a valid will.)

To commence the estate administration process, probate is typically initiated by filing a petition with the county Register of Wills. Upon approval, the Register grants “letters” to appoint a personal representative, who assumes responsibility for administering the estate.

Roles of the Personal Representative in Estate Administration include:

  • Asset Identification: Gathering all assets owned solely by the decedent at the time of their passing.
  • Bill Settlement: Paying the decedent’s final bills, including expenses related to their last illness, funeral, burial, or cremation.
  • Creditor Management: Identifying and paying any outstanding debts owed by the decedent using estate assets.
  • Administration Expenses: Covering any necessary expenses associated with estate administration.
  • Asset Distribution: Distributing remaining assets to beneficiaries specified in the decedent’s will or according to Pennsylvania intestacy law.

It’s important to note that a probate estate includes only assets owned solely by the decedent. Non-probate assets, such as those held in a living trust, jointly owned property with a spouse, or assets with designated beneficiaries like life insurance policies or retirement accounts, are not subject to the probate process.

Contact Keystone Elder Law, P.C., for Expert Guidance

Probate doesn’t have to be an arduous journey. However, it does require the expertise of professionals who understand the legal intricacies involved. If you recently lost a loved one and seek advice or assistance from a qualified Mechanicsburg probate and estate administration lawyer, we are here to help. Schedule an initial consultation with Keystone Elder Law, P.C., today, and let us provide the support you need during this challenging time.

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At Keystone Elder Law, we believe that the physical, social, legal, and financial considerations of our clients all intertwine. We utilize an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate each area, which allows for the creation of a plan that addresses the concerns of the individual as a whole as well as the family. To this end, our model of practice includes a Care Coordinator (usually a nurse or social worker), whose expertise complements our team of attorneys.

When the road of life is smooth, decisions about legal and financial matters are easy to push aside for “a rainy day.” Planning ahead, however, will allow for more options as you view the map of where you’ve been and where you want to go. Don’t let a crisis limit your choices or derail your plans.

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