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Under Pennsylvania law, probate is defined in a couple of different ways. It can refer to the process of filing a will with an officer of the court (i.e. the "probate" of a will). But more generally speaking, however, probate means the manner in which your estate is processed through the legal system following your death. The probate process is the guideline towards the methodical and organized transfer of estate according to Pennsylvania probate law.
Contrary to popular belief, probate is not only applicable to you if you have a valid will. Your estate will be probated with or without a valid will. If you do not have a will or if your estate is only partially covered by a will, your estate (or a portion of your estate) will be distributed according to Pennsylvania estate law.
Oakmont estate lawyer G. Robert Cooper, Esq. helps clients with estate, probate, wills and trusts, and power of attorney cases. As an experienced Oakmont probate attorney, G. Robert Cooper, Esq. has been helping clients in Western Pennsylvania for many years. Wills, trusts, and powers of attorney are prepared and charged on a flat fee basis. Estate probate is charged at an hourly rate or, if you prefer, for a flat fee negotiated by the client and the firm prior to any work be performed. Call our Oakmont, Western Pennsylvania wills and trusts attorney at (412) 435-4699 for your free consultation today! He serves clients throughout Pittsburgh, Verona, Oakmont, and Fox Chapel.