Frequently Asked Questions

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When a person passes away, he leaves behind a number of assets and possessions known collectively as an “estate.” Estate Law is the type of legal help associated with estate planning, administration, and litigation. It includes major documents that divide property and assets like wills and trusts, and it can help a variety of people associated with settling an estate.

A will is a legal set of directions for the proper division of a person’s wealth, property, and other assets after he dies. A will usually assigns a person (called an executor) to be in charge of the estate and to make sure the directions outlined in the will are properly followed. It is very important to have a will. And, if you already have one, it is crucial to make sure it is updated frequently to account for major life events. This will ensure that your estate is split according to your specific needs and expectations.

Visit our Wills page to learn more about the benefits of wills and the legal services we have to offer.

A trust is a legal document that assigns a person (called a trustee) to hold and distribute assets to specific person (called a beneficiary) according to a detailed set of rules of the creators choosing. A trust can be created and carried out during the life of the creator, or it can start after the creator’s death. Trusts can be very useful tools in anyone’s estate planning regimen depending on personal goals and objectives.

To learn more about the benefits associated with creating a trust and the legal services we offer, please visit our Trusts page.

An estate plan is a crucial aspect for people in any stage of life. It allows you to prepare a financial and personal “roadmap” to let others know how you would like to handle your property and important health care issues during such an unexpected event. Because it is the only way for you to control what happens during these circumstances, it is crucial that you have a proper and up-to-date estate plan in place.
Estate Planning is an area of personal and family protection that is often neglected.  If you are like many people, you believe end of life planning can always be done later.  Or worse yet, you believe it will be easiest to let your children or other relatives sort out any issues (After all, they will receive your life’s wealth, right?) Unfortunately, many times your wishes are not carried out unless you plan properly and take into account various considerations including your current life stage, tax laws, potential disability or illness, elder care, and government assistance to name a few.

The truth is, proper planning is not as cumbersome or expensive as you may think.  Further, you likely are already prepared to work with an attorney to achieve your goals.

You spent your entire life working hard to earn, save and create wealth.  Take a couple hours of your life to prepare a proper estate plan to protect your assets and ensure your desires are met and your loved ones are secure.

Please visit our Estate Planning section of this website to learn more about the legal services we provide for those looking to prepare or update an estate plan.

When a family member or loved one dies, their estate must be managed and distributed under the direction of the will or the laws of the state. A person who drafts a will (also known as a “Testator”) generally appoints a person (called an “executor”) to handle these affairs after he passes away. The executor’s job is not always an easy task. Executors have many things to take into consideration, including finding and probating a loved one’s will, making an inventory of the estate’s assets, and carrying out the specific needs of the estate.

If you have been appointed as the Executor of a loved one’s estate, please visit our Executor Basics section of our website. We offer a variety of legal services for executors and strive to make the estate administration process as easy as possible.

When a person passes away, he leaves behind a number of assets and possessions known collectively as an “estate”.  An estate is generally divided and distributed among people (known as “beneficiaries”) who inherit the various assets that are left behind. Being named a beneficiary in a will can often carry a number of legal implications that can affect a person’s financial situation or even his own estate plan. It is recommended that any person appointed as a beneficiary speak with a lawyer during this estate settling process.

If you were just named as a beneficiary,  please visit our Inheritance page to learn more about how we can help you.

When a family member or a loved one passes away, managing their estate is often a complex and overwhelming process. In addition to the stress associated with a loved one passing, there are many formalities that must be followed in order to successfully close the estate.  Fortunately, you do not need to go through the estate administration process alone. Attorney Adam Anderson understands how difficult this process can be, and is here to help you every step of the way.
Attorney Anderson can help with a variety of estate and probate administration issues. He can help you with the duties of being an executor and explain the inheritance process. Attorney Anderson also has years of experience helping clients with various estate and guardianship cases during this stressful time.

To learn more about the estate settling process, please visit our Estate and Probate Administration section.

Estate law is a very complex and detailed area of the law. Whether you are planning or administering an estate, there are many legal formalities that must be followed very carefully. That being said, while you do not need an estate lawyer to settle your affairs, it is strongly recommended that you retain one for any estate issues you may have. An estate lawyer is a professional who deals exclusively with all aspects of estate planning and administration from day to day. They understand the intricacies of estate law and can help you achieve your own estate planning goals and the administrative goals of others.
Attorney Adam Anderson has helped many clients with various estate related issues. Please visit our Estate Planning section or Estate and Probate Administration section to learn more about the services Attorney Anderson provides.

While settling an estate is already a difficult and lengthy process, there are some occasions that require additional litigation. If you are experiencing difficulties with proving the validity of a will, receiving a proper share of your inheritance, or if there are issues with guardianship of minor children associated with the passing of a loved one, we can help. Attorney Anderson has years of experience and has helped a number of clients with various estate and guardianship litigation issues.

Please visit our Estate and Guardianship Litigation page to learn more about the services we can offer you.

Eric Davis, Esq.

Elliott & Davis, PC

412.434.4911 x 11

eric@elliott-davis.com

425 First Avenue, First Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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