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Helping You Make Sense Of The Probate Process
The passing of a loved one is a uniquely stressful and difficult time. Aside from navigating your own personal grief, there are often practical affairs that need to be settled. When an individual dies without a will – or should their will be invalid – their estate must go through probate, which can be a complicated legal process.
Our firm can help. At Jacobson, Julius & Harshberger, our attorneys routinely aid families in the Harrisburg area as they seek to see their loved ones’ estates through probate. Our lawyers possess considerable experience in this area, and we can help ensure that your family member’s ultimate wishes are observed.
How Will The Probate Process Unfold?
Depending on the assets and debts involved, the settling of an estate can be a complex matter. In the state of Pennsylvania, the most fundamental steps to complete are to pay any existing debts and then distribute the remaining assets to the available beneficiaries. An administrator of an estate must do the following:
- Gather and document all available assets
- Service all debts, including funeral expenses
- Disseminate the remaining assets to the correct beneficiaries
If an administrator is not named in the decedent’s will, a party will be appointed by the court. To best protect your loved one’s wishes in this scenario, it is prudent to consult with an experienced probate lawyer.
Do Not Go Through Probate Alone
If you have a loved one whose estate is entering probate, contact our firm today. We are available via email, as well as by phone at 717-260-3127. We serve clients throughout the Harrisburg area, and we look forward to working with you.