We Make Sure Your Estate Planning And Administration Needs Are Met
When someone passes away in Pennsylvania, their financial matters are typically settled through probate. This involves authenticating and administering a will or managing the distribution of assets for people who die (decedents) without a will (intestate). Probate involves paying off debts owed by the decedent, identifying and locating heirs, and managing the distribution of money, property and other belongings.
At Blakley & Jones, we work closely with families to create comprehensive estate plans. We will explain inheritance and estate tax issues, setting up powers of attorney, and issues surrounding guardianship when children or vulnerable adults are involved. Attorney Benjamin S. Blakley, III, and his experienced paralegals will guide you through the entire process and answer any questions you have along the way.
Providing Guidance After The Loss Of A Loved One
After a loved one passes away, most families want the probate process to move quickly and efficiently. When people attempt to administer an estate or navigate the probate process on their own, they often make mistakes that are costly to fix. By working with an experienced estate administration lawyer, you can avoid mistakes and keep costs reasonable.
Our staff provides efficient and compassionate representation during the estate administration, counseling estate executors and families on the correct way to manage an estate in probate.
Local Administration Services For Out-Of-Town Clients
Attorney Benjamin S. Blakley, III, has assisted many out-of-town and out-of-state clients who need a local attorney to help with probate and estate administration work. For example, if your loved one owned real estate or other assets in the Clearfield County area, you may desire the services of a Clearfield County-area probate attorney to finalize the probate administration process.
Orphans’ Court And Estate Administration
In Pennsylvania, legal proceedings involving estates, trusts and guardianships are held in Orphans’ Court (named for its role in protecting widows and orphans). These types of legal matters often become complicated, drawn-out and emotionally draining. With our experienced estate law attorneys at your side, we can help you navigate the process and minimize your stress. We have extensive experience representing clients in matters such as:
- Filing inheritance tax and estate tax returns
- Administering the distribution of assets
- Settling creditor’s claims against the estate
- Identifying assets for liquidation
- Representing clients in contested wills
- Filing petitions for guardianship
We Provide Peace Of Mind For Families
We would be honored if you would contact us today and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys by calling our office at 814-299-4079 or by contacting us online.