Pittsburgh Estate Management Lawyers
Helping you meet your estate planning goals. At PGHLAW, our experienced estate planning attorneys provide a personal touch to one of the most important legal decisions you’ll make in your lifetime.
We know the importance of ensuring the proper transfer of family assets, the orderly succession of a family-owned business, protecting the future of loved ones, and avoiding probate. We offer a variety of effective estate planning tools and techniques to families, individuals and businesses.
A Broad Range of Estate Planning Services
We assist individuals, including domestic partners and business owners, with their estate and probate needs including the following:
- Trust planning
- Transfer of family assets
- Death tax
- Life insurance
- Gift and estate taxes
- Heirs and beneficiary selection
- Health care directives
- Powers of attorney
- Intestate distribution
- Living wills
- Health care surrogate
- Probate court
In all of these areas, our estate management team will provide you with the thorough and sensitive assistance you need. We’ll work by your side to evaluate your assets and discuss how you want each of those assets distributed. In addition, when it’s time for the administration and settlement of an estate, we are there for you to provide compassionate personal support and counsel.
Our Probate Practice
Probate is the legal process by which an individual’s debts are paid and assets are distributed to beneficiaries upon his or her death. All property titled solely in the decedent’s name is considered an asset of his or her probate estate. The probate estate owns these assets until their final distribution.
For estate tax purposes, an estate is defined as the total collection of a decedent’s assets whether or not they are put through probate. Administration of the decedent’s estate is the distribution of both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets.
To ensure a decedent’s estate assets are transferred properly, one should seek the expertise of a law firm qualified in the area of probate and estate law.