Helping You Look After

Guiding Pennsylvanians Through The Probate Process For Over 32 Years

Since 1990, Ruggiero Law Offices LLC has provided outstanding and compassionate probate law counsel to the people of Paoli, Chester County and the surrounding communities. The firm’s founding attorney, James J. Ruggiero Jr. is a board-certified estate planning law specialist and an accredited estate planner.

Most importantly, our team understands the often emotional nature of probating an estate. We work closely with you, whether you are an executor, a trustee or another interested party, to reduce your strain while handling the legal processes.


Probate In Pennsylvania: What To Know

In our state, not everyone’s estate has to pass through probate. Pennsylvania requires probate only if the deceased person owned probate assets, or assets owned solely by the decedent that do not have a beneficiary assigned to them. Estates worth less than $50,000 can go through a simpler type of probate in which only the executor, not the court, handles estate administration. However, estates with probate assets or assets worth more than $50,000 must go through standard probate proceedings.

What Do Executors Do?

An executor – also called a personal representative – is the person in charge of administering an estate and handling probate. They must fulfill several duties, including:

  • Filing the will in court
  • Inventorying assets
  • Contacting beneficiaries
  • Paying creditors
  • Filing tax returns

Completing these tasks – especially as you grieve a recent death – is not easy. Our probate and estate law attorneys can work with you to get everything done as fast as possible. They ensure that you do not make any mistakes that could cause difficulties down the line and answer any questions that you might have.

Let Us Help You With Probate

You do not have to tackle the difficult steps of probate on your own. Allow us at Ruggiero Law Offices LLC to help. Learn what we can do by calling 610-756-7209 or by using our online contact form. We have offices in Paoli and Center Valley.