As we continue to navigate these challenging times, the safety and well being of our clients, employees, families and friends remains our top priority. To that end, as an essential business to the individuals and families we serve, we are reaching out to share important updates on steps we are taking to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, while continuing to serve you with as minimal disruption as possible.

We want to ensure our clients and friends that our law firm is operating without material impact of the health concerns in that we have had in place advanced technologies that allow us to continue to provide excellent legal services while attorneys and staff operate remotely, to avoid in-person meetings in all cases where that is possible. We will continue to provide consultations and conferences via telephone and/or internet conferencing when needed. We will continue to provide all the excellent legal services that our clients and friends have come to expect!

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have concerns or are in need of legal assistance. We pray for the health, peace and provision for all of our clients, employees, friends and family as we “weather the storm” together.

Why is There a Probate Process?

Pennsylvania state law provides for a probate process in order to efficiently administer a decedent’s assets and debts, protect beneficiaries and creditors, and to make sure that the estate is distributed properly.

Probate may not be necessary if there are no assets in the decedent’s name alone, such as when there is a Living Trust which holds title to all of the decedent’s assets and sets forth the distribution of those assets. Other examples of assets that may not have to pass through the probate process are bank accounts that are held jointly with the decedent and another person(s), are held in the decedent’s name “in trust for” or “payable on death” to a beneficiary, or real estate that is titled in the name of decedent with another person jointly “with right of survivorship.”