Skilled Guidance Through The Probate And Trust Administration Processes
Probate and estate administration can be lengthy, complex processes that require the help of a lawyer. If you are the executor or trustee of an estate or trust, contacting a lawyer is the best way to get started. Attorneys’ fees are paid out of the estate, so you do not have to worry about how you will afford legal help.
Contact McMorrow Law, LLC, to learn what we can do to guide you through estate administration and probate.
We have the experience to assist you with straightforward estates or complex estates with sophisticated assets. If there are issues that cause disputes, our Pittsburgh probate attorneys can help you find a resolution or take the dispute to court.
We can also create guardianships for incapacitated adults to prevent undue influence or fraud and assist those adults with making medical decisions and financial management.
Probate, Administration And Litigation
During probate, a will is proven and an estate administered. If the decedent died intestate, or without a will, the purpose of probate is to ensure that the estate is distributed according to the laws of Pennsylvania.
The probate process includes rules to protect heirs, beneficiaries and creditors. We represent executors, taking care of settling the estate via the court. We handle all of the requirements, including advertising in newspapers, filing petitions, providing an accounting to the court, paying the estate’s bills and filing the estate’s tax returns.
We can also take care of trust administration. Trusts are typically handled outside of court. We ensure that the assets are correctly distributed to beneficiaries, the bills are paid and documents are filed. We also prepare Pennsylvania inheritance tax returns.
In addition to probate and trust administration, the firm provides Orphans’ Court litigation.
If you are involved in an estate, trust or will contest, we will petition the court for an accounting of the estate. These types of disputes typically occur when a family member, caregiver, financial advisor, personal representative or trustee acts in bad faith or is suspected of acting in bad faith.
We can help you determine whether there have been issues such as:
- Undue influence on the decedent by fraud, deception or coercion
- Lack of testamentary capacity
- Last-minute additions to wills
- Breach of fiduciary duty
- Mismanagement or misappropriation of assets
We can also defend those accused of acting in bad faith or breaching fiduciary duty.