How does probate in Pennsylvania work?
Probate is the process of paying the bills of a deceased person, filing taxes, and distributing the balance of the estate to those entitled to receive it. The Pennsylvania probate process typically begins by determining if the deceased person had a will — and if so, proving that the will has been executed correctly and the person creating it was of sound mind and undue influence. If the person did not have a will, then the deceased person’s assets will be distributed according to Pennsylvania laws surrounding administration of estates for people who died without a will.
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Pennsylvania probate includes 5 basic steps
Filing for probate
The court will approve the will and appoint a personal representative for the estate.
Publishing a notice to creditors
The personal representative must publish a notice of the probate proceeding so that creditors can file claims against the estate for debts owed.
The assets of the estate must be “marshaled” (identified and collected) and valued. Certain assets such as real estate may be sold.
Paying debts and taxes
The personal administrator is responsible for paying legitimate bills as well as final taxes owed by the decedent.
Distributing the assets to beneficiaries
After all expenses are paid, the balance of the estate is distributed to those entitled to receive it.
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Pay the bills of a deceased person, file taxes, and distribute the balance of the estate.
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