Estate Administration

What Happens After The Death Of A Loved One

When a loved one dies there are so many questions to be answered, but none are quite so difficult as this: What is next? What happens if there is no will or estate plan? Families struggling with a loss have many decisions to make, and they want to have legal advice they can trust.

The attorneys of Medure Bonner Bellissimo, LLC, are deeply connected with the communities we serve. From that commitment stems our promise to guide our clients past the difficult moments that come after someone they love has died. In estate administration law, the best outcome is one that eases the burdens for our clients.

Estate In Pennsylvania

Even if your loss was expected, there will be many pieces of business to tie up. The fact is that there really is no resolution, only hard work. Our practice works to take away your stress.

There are so many other things to worry about, let us take care of the estate details such as:

  • Inventorying the assets: We review and document all of the assets of the deceased, as well as all the debts and reconcile them in the probate process.
  • Duties as executor: We can advise you on the steps to take in estate administration to minimize the difficulty that your family is facing.
  • Distribution: Once debts are paid, the estate will be distributed to the beneficiaries either according to the decedent’s will or Pennsylvania law.

We are here to help make this transition as easy on your family as possible. These legal burdens should not have to fall solely on you. Our decades of experience can help you move forward.

Rooted In Personal Service

We are a hands-on firm, and we take pride in that. Our lawyers will meet with you on the terms that work for you. We have four locations, including our main office in New Castle, and you can call to schedule an appointment at any of them by calling 724-653-6906 or using this online form.

Taxation And The Estate

Helping You Reduce Inheritance And Estate Taxes

A family member passing, whether it is sudden or long expected, will be difficult for you no matter what. What you may not be prepared for at this time, however, is the burden of resolving the inheritance tax assessment on your loved one’s estate.

The attorneys of Medure Bonner Bellissimo, LLC, take a hands-on approach to taxation issues in estate administration. We are a small firm, so we know how much every single penny counts for you. We ensure estates are free and clear from tax liability, because we know how important that is to moving forward.

Degrees Of Inheritance Tax

In Pennsylvania, the inheritance tax is applied to each estate as it goes through probate. However, not all survivors receive the same assessment, because the law considers the proximity of your familial relationship. For example:

  • A spouse pays no state inheritance taxes.
  • Adult children pay 4.5 percent estate tax on the amount of their inheritance.
  • Siblings of the deceased pay a 12 percent inheritance tax rate.

Family relations that are further away would be subject to an even higher tax rate. As we process the return for the estate, we maximize the benefits of any available exemptions and exceptions.

Our job is to recover all the assets, identify all the debts and compile them. Once that compilation is complete, we do everything under the law to provide the maximum amount of tax savings as we file the estate tax return on your behalf. We will take care of all the details for you in this stressful time so you can focus on getting back to your life.

Sensitive Times Call For Caring Representation

Our firm is professional and well-regarded in the communities we serve. Our lawyers are considerate of your time, and we offer four locations throughout western Pennsylvania, including our New Castle office. We are available for nights and weekend meetings. Reach out to us today to get started by calling 724-653-6906 or using our online form.


Passing Without A Will

Helping Distribute Estate Assets When There Is No Will

At a certain point, most Pennsylvanians take the time to write a will. Tragically, that cannot be said for everyone. Struggling in the aftermath of a sudden passing is difficult under any circumstances, but when your loved one died without a will, you must move forward in settling their affairs with no guidance.

The attorneys of Medure Bonner Bellissimo, LLC, work with families struggling in the aftermath of an unexpected death. These people want the advantage of detailed legal knowledge, tempered by compassion to get through this time. That is what we provide.

Guidance On A Murky Path

Without a will to fall back on, survivors must consider the murky memories old conversations and what they think the deceased would have wanted. This can become a fraught situation when there is a large family with conflicting accounts on these topics. Family fights like this can cause rifts that never heal. Calm, reasonable legal advice at this critical moment makes a big difference.

In many cases, the state of Pennsylvania steps in to provide statutory guidance for distribution of assets and taxes, but there are some problems that statutes cannot address.

Our firm will:

  • Shepherd you through the probate process
  • Provide all the needed answers to your questions
  • Take the lead on any paperwork you need to file
  • Serve as your representative in court during any disputes

We build a relationship with our clients so that they can rely on us to handle their most sensitive needs in their best interests. Your loved one may not have left guidance, but that does not mean you must move forward blindly.

We Are There For You In Difficult Times

Our lawyers make a commitment to our clients to find the best resolution to their problems. Contact us for a consultation by calling 724-653-6906 or by using our online form, and we will listen to you and give you the advice you need. We offer four convenient locations, including New Castle and Pittsburgh, and have open availability for night and weekend meetings.


Estate Disputes

Communication Is Key In Estate Disputes

Estate disputes can happen in any family. When a family member passes away without leaving a will — or if there are serious questions about the wishes of the deceased — families can become fractured. It is always hard to lose a loved one; falling into a painful argument in the aftermath makes these moments much worse.

The attorneys of Medure Bonner Bellissimo, LLC, have seen estate issues get out of control firsthand. We offer our personal experience and a promise of sincere, highly engaged level of service to resolve these painful questions.

Your Needs Come First

We need to have a comprehensive understanding of the situation to assist you. You have specific problems and need real answers. Knowledge is the first step for us to fully work with you on your issues. In your consultation we will review:

  • Your situation: your relation to the deceased, your standing in the will, the merits of your dispute under Pennsylvania law.
  • Your resources: Litigation is costly and can be lengthy. The decision to move forward may depend on what ability you have to persevere.
  • Your likely outcome: Measuring your resources and your situation we can determine the outcome of your case with a high probability.

The best solutions in an estate dispute may not come through the courtroom. These problems are exceedingly difficult. Our hope is to build a resolution that meets your needs and provides you with the closure and outcome you need to move forward.

Deep Ties Make For Strong Representatives

We build relationships with our clients. Our practice focuses on you and your needs, and we go after the best outcome for you. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer who makes a habit of personal service and open communication in estate litigation issues.

We place a premium on your time and convenience, so we will meet with you when it works for you. That could be nights or weekends, at our main New Castle office or any of our other three locations. Get started today by calling 724-653-6906.