Experienced Pennsylvania Trust and Estates Attorney Helps Guide You Through the Process
Probate typically follows a painful emotional loss. Knowledgeable, meticulous probate attorney, Richard J. Shiroff has more than 35 years of experience in probate law and knows how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries.
The process of probate
Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. Richard J. Shiroff can guide you through the complex probate process, including:
- Filing the will with the Pennsylvania probate court
- Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
- Finding and collecting assets
- Closing and opening bank accounts
- Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
- Paying estate taxes
- Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
- Locating beneficiaries
- Hiring experts, when appropriate
Valuing and managing the estate
I assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. Richard J. Shiroff has a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. I can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.
Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. My professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will, or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of the client to preserve cordial family relationships, I am adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, I assertively defend the client’s beneficiary rights within the Pennsylvania probate court.
Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer
Richard J. Shiroff serves clients in Easton and throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Call us at 610-253-1023 or contact me online.