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In old movies, you often see relatives gathered at a lawyer’s office for the “reading of the will.” This is not common practice in modern times. But if you have recently experienced the death of a family member, you may be responsible for carrying out the final wishes contained in their will or trust. Your first step should be to seek out an attorney to advise you.

Keystone Elder Law, P.C., is a team of dedicated New Kingstown estate and trust administration attorneys. We can sit down with you and explain your duties and responsibilities under the law. We know that for many people, this will be their first time dealing with the probate or trust administration process. That is why we offer professional representation and counsel at all stages of the process. We can help you get through this emotional period and help to ensure that your loved one’s memory is respected.

How Does Estate Administration Work in Pennsylvania?

Not every person who dies leaves a probate estate. A probate estate consists of any property owned by the deceased in their sole name that does not have a designated beneficiary. Any property in the probate estate must be disposed of either according to the terms of the decedent’s will or if there is no will according to Pennsylvania law governing what are known as “intestate” estates.

A probate estate also excludes any property that the deceased individual placed into a trust. Living trusts are commonly used in Pennsylvania estate planning for the express purpose of reducing the amount of property subject to probate distribution. Such property is administered by a successor trustee rather than the personal representative of the probate estate, although in some cases that may be the same person.

The actual process of administering an estate and/or trust can include the following:

  • gathering all of the assets that belong to the estate or trust;
  • paying any final taxes, debts, and expenses of the deceased;
  • paying the costs of administering the estate or trust; and
  • distributing any remaining property according to the terms of the will, trust, or Pennsylvania intestacy law.

How long the administration process will take depends on a number of factors. If the deceased left little or no property in their probate estate, then a formal administration may not be necessary. A trust is also not subject to the same degree of court supervision as a probate estate. But every trust and estate administration is different, which is why it is critical to speak with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible following your loved one’s death.

Contact Keystone Elder Law, P.C., Today

Many family members have no idea what to do when it comes to dealing with a recently deceased family member’s property. Our New Kingstown estate and trust administration attorneys can answer your questions and help set you on the right path. Contact Keystone Elder Law, P.C., today to schedule an initial consultation.

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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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