Estate Administration Attorneys Lancaster PA
Phone: (717) 207-7158
Passing inheritance from one generation to the next provides the family with the means to maintain a legacy as well as a sense of closure. However, distributing assets to heirs is only one small part of the probate and estate administration process. Many other legal issues are entangled in the process of settling a loved one's estate.
Clymer, Musser & Conrad, P.C. offers experienced and highly personalized legal guidance to families with estate matters within Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Our ability to explain the process prepares our clients for what to expect throughout probate and estate administration procedures in Pennsylvania.
Understanding Pennsylvania Probate and Estate Administration
Probate and estate administration procedures are different in each state and even in each county. Understanding the facets of the legal process in the specific county wherein the estate lies can be beneficial to ensuring the process is completed as smoothly as possible.
Probate: In Pennsylvania, the probate process essentially marks the beginning of the estate administration process. Probate involves presenting the necessary information to the offices of the Register of Wills in order to prove the decedent's death, appoint the personal representative/executor of the estate, and get the decedent's will proven valid. The probate process can be complicated, however, if there are will disputes/will contests (objections to the will).
Estate Administration: The estate administration process begins once the county Register of Wills office has verified the will --if there is a will -- and has granted the personal representative the authority to settle the estate. Estate administration involves taking an inventory of all the decedent's assets, notifying creditors of the decedent's death (including publication notices), paying all valid claims/debts against the estate, filing and paying applicable taxes, distributing assets to beneficiaries, and closing the estate.
Skilled Guidance for Out-of-State Clients
Estate administration is handled in the county where the decedent resided prior to death (the decedent's primary residence or domicile). Family members who have been appointed as the personal representative, however, frequently live in another county or state. Clymer, Musser & Conrad, P.C. provides skillful advice and representation to clients across the nation who need assistance handling an estate in Lancaster County.
Our attorneys offer a unique ability to guide clients through the process in a manner that meets their needs — whether that means taking on the entire process and keeping clients apprised of the status or offering skilled counsel to navigate probate and estate settlement procedures in Lancaster County.
To discuss your needs with an experienced probate and estate administration attorney at our law firm, call (717) 207-7158 (Lancaster area) or (717) 786-0500 (Quarryville area), or contact us online.
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