Hollidaysburg Estate Lawyer, Pennsylvania


Merle K. Evey

Corporate, Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills
Status:  In Good Standing           

J. Michael Dorezas

Education, Estate Administration, Litigation, Trusts
Status:  In Good Standing           

William R. Brenner

Foreclosure, Estate Administration, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Elder Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  25 Years

Benjamin I. Levine

Estate Administration, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  58 Years
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Clyde O. Black

Estate Administration, Real Estate, Trusts, Wills
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  56 Years

Kathy J. Mauk

Education, Estate Administration, Litigation, Personal Injury, Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years

Amy Orr Rosensteel

Adoption, Elder Law, Estate Administration, Guardianships & Conservatorships
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years

Dallas Margaret McGuirk

Family Law, Real Estate, Wills & Probate, Trusts
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

BEQUEATH

A legal term sometimes used in wills that means 'leave' -- for example, 'I bequeath my garden tools to my brother-in-law, Buster Jenkins.'

PRETERMITTED HEIR

A child or spouse who is not mentioned in a will and whom the court believes was accidentally overlooked by the person who made the will. For example, a child b... (more...)
A child or spouse who is not mentioned in a will and whom the court believes was accidentally overlooked by the person who made the will. For example, a child born or adopted after the will is made may be deemed a pretermitted heir. If the court determines that an heir was accidentally omitted, that heir is entitled to receive the same share of the estate as she would have if the deceased had died without a will. A pretermitted heir is sometimes called an 'omitted heir.'

SWEARING MATCH

A case that turns on the word of one witness versus another. The outcome of a swearing match usually depends on whom the jury finds most trustworthy.

POUR-OVER WILL

A will that 'pours over' property into a trust when the will maker dies. Property left through the will must go through probate before it goes into the trust.

INTER VIVOS TRUST

The Latin name, favored by some lawyers, for a living trust. 'Inter vivos' is Latin for 'between the living.'

SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE

The person or institution who takes over the management of trust property when the original trustee has died or become incapacitated.

PROBATE COURT

A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate cour... (more...)
A specialized court or division of a state trial court that considers only cases concerning the distribution of deceased persons' estate. Called 'surrogate court' in New York and several other states, this court normally examines the authenticity of a will -- or if a person dies intestate, figures out who receives her property under state law. It then oversees a procedure to pay the deceased person's debts and to distribute her assets to the proper inheritors. See probate.

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR

Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to t... (more...)
Someone appointed by a probate court to oversee probate proceedings when a person dies without a will or heirs, and his or her property is expected to pass to the state. Some states have public administrators who are responsible for temporarily preserving the assets of an estate if there are disputes about specific provisions in the will or about who will be appointed the regular administrator.

PROVING A WILL

Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily sat... (more...)
Convincing a probate court that a document is truly the deceased person's will. Usually this is a simple formality that the executor or administrator easily satisfies by showing that the will was signed and dated by the deceased person in front of two or more witnesses. When the will is holographic -- that is, completely handwritten by the deceased and not witnessed, it is still valid in many states if the executor can produce relatives and friends to testify that the handwriting is that of the deceased.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

Estate of Considine v. Wachovia Bank

¶ 2 Matthew Considine died on May 23, 2000. On June 2, 2005, the administrator of his estate [1] filed a civil action in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas naming Wachovia Bank [2] and Appellee Robert E. Rozinski defendants. The complaint alleged that Appellee was ...

In re Estate of Sauers

¶ 2 Pursuant to an employee group benefit plan, effective June 1, 1997, Paul J. Sauers, III, ("Decedent") obtained a $40,000.00 life insurance policy issued by the Hartford Life Insurance Company ("Insurer"). There is no dispute that the insurance policy is part of an employee ...

Estate of Hicks v. Dana Companies, LLC

¶ 1 This is a consolidated appeal from the judgment entered against Appellants, Dana Companies, LLC f/k/a Dana Corporation (Dana) and John Crane, Inc., f/k/a Crane Packing (Crane), in this products liability action initiated by Appellee, the Estate of Louis A. Hicks, ...