Assistance In Your Time Of Need

We represent clients in estate law, family law, workers' compensation, and many areas of civil law.

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Comprehensive Estate Planning Services

Planning for the unexpected or coping with the loss of a loved one can be difficult. The lawyers of Douglas, Joseph & Olson understand the difficulties and complexities involving estates and are here to help you.

Protecting Your Legacy And Planning For The Future

You can make plans to help preserve your legacy and protect your assets for your family. Estate planning allows you to name beneficiaries, decide what should happen to your land and assets, and give directions for end-of-life decisions.

Estate plans are beneficial for everyone regardless of age or income. We have experience with a wide range of estate planning, including simple, complex and high net worth plans. Our lawyers work with individuals, families, business owners, professionals and farmers to tailor thorough estate plans designed to fulfill the needs and goals of each client.

Guiding You Through Probate And The Administration Processes

We give personalized attention to individuals and families needing to settle an estate after losing a loved one. We will work with your family and all heirs to carry out the wishes and plans of your loved one. Our assistance with the probate process includes:

  • Appointing an administrator
  • Advertising the estate
  • Notifying heirs
  • Preparing an accounting
  • Taking an inventory of assets
  • Completing a valuation of the assets
  • Completing the sale of assets
  • Preparing family agreements
  • Resolving creditor claims
  • Litigating claims filed by disgruntled heirs
  • Distributing property according to the estate plan or Pennsylvania law
  • Preparing the inheritance tax return
  • Preparing a petition for adjudication to the court

Probating an estate can often have complications. Our offices are ready to assist you in navigating the probate process.

Helping You From Beginning To End

If you would like to create an estate plan or if you have recently lost a loved one, contact us today. With two convenient locations in Hermitage and Jamestown, Pennsylvania, our probate and estate planning attorneys are ready to assist you. Call 724-704-0554 to set up an appointment.