In Pennsylvania, there is a 4.5% inheritance tax on the value of any assets inherited by a child from a deceased parent. Generally speaking, whether or not you can receive an "in kind" distribution of your father's stock will depend on whether the estate has enough liquid assets to pay its debts, taxes, funeral expenses, etc. If the estate is liquid and solvent, then you can certainly request that the personal representative of the estate make an in kind distribution of stock to you, rather than the monetary value of the stock.
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Ms Ancone is 100% correct and I could not have said it better myself.
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