A Probate and Estate Administration Attorney
If you are trying to close out and settle an estate, you may want to consult a probate and estate administration attorney from De Boef Lucchesi and Assoc., P.C. We focus on estate matters ranging from administration, drafting wills, probate, litigation, and more. Guided by more than 30 years of experience, we have built a boisterous reputation throughout the State College PA area. If you would like to discuss your probate and estate needs with a lawyer, please contact our firm now.
Why Choose De Boef Lucchesi and Assoc., P.C.?
When you hire a probate lawyer from De Boef Lucchesi and Assoc., P.C., you can feel confident in knowing that we are:
- Flexible and fair
- Able to help you with some or all of the probate process
- Have a team of probate lawyers, paralegals, assistance, and more
- Efficient in maintaining communication
- Honest in everything we do
To learn more about the probate process you can call a probate lawyer in State College PA.
What Is Probate?
Probate is a process that involves an executor or administrator named by the testator and recognized by the state. When the testator dies, his or her assets such as financial wealth, property, cars, and personal belongings will be passed onto someone else. The probate process oversees this distribution of assets in addition to the resolution of debt, taxes, and other important tasks.
Before the probate process begins, the state must recognize the will. If there is no will, the state may get involved and choose a person to serve as the administrator. During this time it is possible for a will contest to arise. This is a special circumstance that involves an individual’s) disputing some or all of the will. In general, when there is a will contest or no will, you should contact a probate lawyer immediately.
Once the court accepts the petition for probate, the process will ensue. The length of time varies by case and could take anywhere between one month and one year or more.
Duties of a Probate Lawyer
A probate lawyer is well versed in many areas of estate law. If you are the executor or personal representative of an estate, you may ask us to help you with:
- Drafting a will
- Filing a Surrogate Petition and Inventory
- Filing the Register of Wills
- Filing tax returns
- Collecting assets
- Notifying beneficiaries
- Assessing the value of assets
- Selling businesses, real estate, and assets
- Settling debt for creditor claims
- Managing disputes
- Obtaining the Release of Liability from the Executor
Simplified Steps for the Executor of an Estate
- File a petition to initiate the probate process
- Give notice to beneficiaries, heirs, and creditors
- Collect, inventory, and appraise assets of the estate
- Resolve bills, debts, and applicable taxes
- Distribute assets
- Ask the court to close the estate
The probate process could vary depending on the circumstances of your estate. In general you should have a State College PA probate lawyer guide you through the process and represent you in the event on a dispute.
Call De Boef Lucchesi and Assoc., P.C. for a Free Consultation
If you would like a lawyer to walk you through the probate process or help you to get started, please call De Boef Lucchesi and Assoc., P.C. today. Some of the services we offer include:
- Probate and estates
- Long-term care
- Retirement planning
- Social security
- Special needs planning
- Incapacity and guardianship
- Veterans benefits
“Not only will we assist you with your duties as an executor or administrator, but also resolve any probate problems and handle the estate on your behalf with compassion and care.”
Faith is very knowledgeable! She is persistent and has always followed up with us everytime we had any questions on the status of our case.
My wife and I first visited De Boef Lucchesi & Assoc in 2014. Faith has been incredibly helpful and patient with us. The prices are so much lower than I would expect. My wife and I did our last will & testaments along with living wills and power of attorney. We’ve come back to make modifications once we had children. If we need any legal services, this is our first stop.
Well trusted for over a decade. They take your case civil or criminal and give you complete honesty. I won’t use anyone else in centre county.
Excellent attentive legal services. They are very knowledgeable and do not give up .
Very professional. Quick response to every question about the situation. Received excellent service very quickly. More than satisfied with the results. Have been clients for 4 years and will continue to use their services.
In their warm and friendly style, Faith and Tony will do all that is needed to exceed your expectations. Their experience and confidence will give you assurance you are getting the advice you need to get the results you expect. We have had a relationship for twelve years and would not consider using anyone else for our legal needs. Even though we have moved from the area, we continue to use them for all our legal needs.
I was very pleased with my experience at this law firm. Prompt action, great attitude and very knowledgeable! I don’t understand some of the negative reviews…all my calls and questions were answered quickly by Tony. I highly recommend DeBoef and Lucchesi! My case turned out so much better than I was expecting. Thank you Tony DeBoef!
Faith and Tony are both great lawyers and are very helpful. As someone who had no idea where to begin with a Will and Power of Attorney, Faith took the time to explain it in detail and help guide us in our decisions. I haven’t had to utilize Tony’s services, but I’ve know people that have utilized his services and were very pleased with the outcome of their cases. I personally have recommended them to friends and family members.
Faith & Tony have been my family’s personal lawyers for years and will continue to be for many, many more. They are truly amazing at what they do! The level of care and expertise is always top-notch with them. Beyond grateful for all that they do!
The absolute BEST lawyers. They have dealt with countless cases for us and we are always so pleased by their work. Their wide range of expertise is unmatched in this area. They truly always go above and beyond, as well as, look out for our best interests. We highly recommend Faith & Tony.