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Columbia County Estate Administration Lawyer

If you have been named the executor or administrator of another person’s estate, you should feel a sense of pride over the trust that person has placed in you. You may also feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities ahead of you.

As an estate planning and estate administration lawyer with nearly 25 years of experience, I will take great care to address your concerns and guide you through the probate process. My law office is conveniently located on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg, one block from the Columbia County courthouse.

Guiding You Through The Pennsylvania Probate Process

When a person dies in Pennsylvania, some assets may need to go through the probate process, while other property can be transferred by beneficiary designation. If the deceased person held assets in a trust, the successor administrator can distribute assets directly to beneficiaries without going through probate.

As your attorney, I can guide you through each of the steps of probate, including:

  • Determining which assets need to go through probate
  • Submitting the will to the probate court for approval
  • Completing an inventory of the estate’s assets
  • Publishing legal notice of the probate proceeding
  • Paying bills owed by the deceased
  • Distributing assets to those who are supposed to receive them
  • Selling assets such as real estate
  • Filing of taxes
  • Submitting a final accounting of the estate to the court

I also advise people who have been named successor trustees of trusts.

Probate Attorney Serving Montour County

For detailed guidance that is tailored directly to your unique situation, contact me, Columbia County estate administration attorney David H. Trathen, online or call 570-284-3088 or toll free 877-772-5261 to discuss your specific legal concerns today. I serve clients in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in Pennsylvania.