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Understanding Probate of an Estate in Pennsylvania

Probate Feasterville PAIn the early 1850s, Charles Dickens published his popular serialized novel Bleak House, which deals with the British court system.

At the center of the book is a court case called Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, a battle over an inheritance that drags on over several generations.

Dickens used the plot to satirize the court system of his time, but 160 years later and one ocean away, there’s something about the story that rings true: not making your wishes clear can make things difficult for your heirs.

That’s where the PA probate system comes in.  Probate – from the Latin for “prove the will” is the process of ensuring your assets are passed on according to the terms of your will. It can be a very simple process, or more complicated, depending on the circumstances.

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