Heiligman & Mogul’s Philadelphia County estate probate lawyers provide comprehensive estate probate services for in-state and out-of-state clients whose loved ones had their primary residence in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, when they died. Our complete services are especially useful to clients who are living in another state or country when a Philadelphia County family member dies. These clients may include anyone involved in the probate process, such as:

  • personal representatives (executors or administrators)
  • beneficiaries and heirs
  • trustees
  • out-of-state attorneys who need Pennsylvania probate counsel to open estates in Pennsylvania for litigation purposes and to otherwise administer Pennsylvania estates

Our services enable out of state personal representatives, trustees, and others to fulfill Pennsylvania probate requirements remotely, without leaving their homes. Our estate probate lawyers can handle every part of the probate process for you, saving you:

  • travel time and expense
  • disruption of work and daily schedules
  • tremendous time and effort required to learn and complete the probate process, and
  • the emotional cost of trying to navigate this difficult procedure yourself while newly grieving your loved one

We will also keep you fully informed throughout the probate process and regularly provide you with important documents, through:

  • phone calls and texts
  • email
  • overnight delivery, and
  • video conferencing (FaceTime, Skype, Video Call, WhatsApp Messenger, etc.)

Selling the Family Home for Out-of-State Clients

One of the most valuable services we provide to out-of-state clients is handling the sale of your family member’s home from start to finish. From securing the home to closing the sale, we relieve you of the daunting task of getting inherited property ready for sale. We can:

  • obtain insurance to protect the home from casualty claims and limit unauthorized access to the property
  • hire vetted and respected businesses to inventory household contents, protect important documents and belongings, and clean out the home
  • work with experts to most effectively market the home
  • take care of needed repairs, title issues, and property encumbrances, and
  • complete any other related tasks you desire

Philadelphia County Estate Probate Lawyers

Philadelphia County Estate Probate Lawyer Services for Out-of-State Clients

Personal Representatives, Heirs, Beneficiaries, and Trustees

Services provided by our Philadelphia County estate probate lawyers for out-of-state heirs, beneficiaries, executors, and trustees, are the most complete services available. They can begin with your appointment as personal representative and extend to the final accounting and closing of your family member’s Philadelphia County estate.

You can remain in your home state or country while we complete the tasks necessary to probate the estate. If you are an heir, beneficiary, trustee, or personal representative, at your request, we can:

  • obtain your appointment as personal representative (executor or administrator)
  • secure a surety bond if one is required
  • advise you of your fiduciary duties as personal representative
  • advertise the estate
  • give legal notice to heirs and beneficiaries
  • inventory estate assets (including real estate; personal belongings; stocks, bonds, bank accounts, and other financial assets)
  • obtain proper insurance on estate assets / property
  • secure estate property / assets by guarding against unauthorized access (by cancelling credit cards, freezing bank accounts, and other means)
  • handle issues related to any rental property in the estate
  • handle issues related to on-going businesses (including sale of a business desired by heirs)
  • get inherited real estate (house, land, other buildings) and personal assets (furniture, jewelry, and other belongings) ready for sale if desired by heirs / beneficiaries (see section above, and Getting Inherited Property Ready for Sale)
  • handle payment of estate debts
  • prepare and file all required tax returns
  • prepare final accountings
  • prepare informal family settlement agreements
  • distribute the estate’s assets as required by law
  • prepare final estate closing documents

Out-of-State Counsel

If you are an out-of-state attorney who requires local counsel assistance for Pennsylvania litigation that involves an estate in Pennsylvania or elsewhere, we can:

  • open and administer a Pennsylvania estate for you, if such is required for litigation
  • file petitions for court approval of wrongful death and survival actions, for litigation involving Pennsylvania estates or estates outside of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County Estate Probate Lawyer Service Areas

Our out-of-state clients often know the city or neighborhood in which a deceased family member was living but may not be aware of the county. In addition to the city of Philadelphia, the names of neighborhoods in which Philadelphia County family members may have resided include:

  • Burholme
  • Bustleton
  • Castor
  • Center City Philadelphia
  • Chestnut Hill
  • East Falls
  • Fishtown
  • Fox Chase
  • Germantown
  • Girard Estates
  • Harrowgate
  • Holmesburg
  • Kensington
  • Kingsessing
  • Lawncrest
  • Manayunk
  • Mayfair
  • Mt. Airy
  • North Philadelphia
  • Northeast Philadelphia
  • Old City
  • Olney
  • Oxford Circle
  • Pennypack
  • Pennypack Creek
  • Port Richmond
  • Rhawnhurst
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • Roxborough
  • Society Hill
  • Somerton
  • South Philadelphia
  • Southwest Philadelphia
  • Strawberry Mansion
  • Tacony
  • Torresdale
  • West Philadelphia

Philadelphia County Estate Probate Lawyers

Philadelphia County Estate Probate Services Information and Resources

Contact our Philadelphia County Estate Probate Lawyers

Since 1988, Heiligman & Mogul’s Philadelphia County estate probate lawyers have provided a full range of estate probate services to clients living in Pennsylvania, other states, and outside the U.S. Let us put their knowledge and experience to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free meeting with our firm.