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Review: “My mother passed away suddenly in August 2011. I was the left the task of settling her estate. Having no knowledge of what to do, Barry made the process painless. He handled all paper work, made all of the necessary ph...
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Elder Law, Real Estate
I am a lifelong Chester County resident. I have been practicing law here for 32 years. This includes 9 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Chester County. My goal is always to obtain the best result for my clients, taking into account th...
Practice areas: Probate, Criminal Defense, Appeals, Estate Planning, Tax
Review: “My family was dealing from out-of-state with a Pennsylvania estate. Mr. Metka was extremely helpful, responsive to all my questions, and knowledgable not only about probate but also tax issues. ”
Practice areas: Probate, Estate Planning, Tax, Elder Law, Real Estate
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Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.