Estates and Probate | Will Probate in Montgomery County, PA
The experienced attorneys at The Martin Law Firm regularly represent clients throughout Montgomery County, PA with Will probate and other estate matters handled through the Montgomery County Register of Wills office. Our experienced Montgomery County Will probate lawyers represent executors living throughout Montgomery County, PA, including Norristown, Lansdale, King of Prussia, Ambler, and Fort Washington.
Contact an experienced Will probate attorney at The Martin Law Firm, located in Blue Bell, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, at 215-646-3980 for a free case evaluation.
Will Probate in Montgomery County, PA
Will probate in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is handled through the Montgomery County Register of Wills. The Register of Wills office is located at the Montgomery County Courthouse, One Montgomery Plaza, 4th Floor, Norristown, PA 19404. A decedent's Last Will and Testament must be submitted to the Register in order to determine whether it is valid. If the Will is valid, the Register names an executor to handle the estate. If the Will is not valid, an estate administrator will be appointed by the Register. The executor or administrator of the estate is then tasked with administering and closing the estate properly under PA law.
Role of the Estate Executor in Montgomery County, PA
The executor of an estate in Montgomery County, PA must adhere to the terms of the Will and controlling Pennsylvania law. Only after all probate formalities are followed, including satisfaction of estate debts and expenses, is the executor or administrator responsible for distribution of assets to the estate beneficiaries. Probate formalities in Montgomery County, PA include, but are not limited to, the following: notice to beneficiaries, notice to creditors, opening an estate bank account, sale of estate assets, and preparation and filing of tax returns.
Hiring a Probate Lawyer
The executor of an estate in Montgomery County, PA is considered a fiduciary, meaning that he or she is held to the highest standard of loyalty and care allowed by Pennsylvania law. The executor has many important responsibilities and must make several important decisions during the course of the estate administration process. An estate executor in Montgomery County can be held personally liable for his or her actions on behalf of the estate. For these reasons, estate executors often hire a Montgomery County probate attorney for assistance and guidance.
The experienced probate lawyers at The Martin Law Firm offer a variety of fee arrangements to Montgomery County executors, including flat fees, hourly fees, or contingency fee arrangements. It is important to note that attorney fees for probate and estate administration matters are paid out of the estate, and any fees paid to your probate lawyer are deductions for inheritance tax and estate tax purposes.
Will Probate Lawyers | Montgomery County, PA
If you are named as an executor, administrator, or personal representative of an estate and you have questions regarding Will probate in Montgomery County, PA, the experienced probate lawyers at The Martin Law Firm can help. Our professional Montgomery County probate lawyers provide thoughtful guidance and help to navigate our clients through the estate administration process correctly and efficiently. Contact The Martin Law Firm at 215-646-3980 to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Montgomery County, PA probate lawyer.