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Probate is the process through which the estate of the deceased must pass before it can be distributed to their beneficiaries according to either the terms of their last will and testament or Pennsylvania intestate laws. During the probate process, the estate will be scrutinized, analyzed, and possibly even taxed before being passed on, which could be a lengthy and frustrating process.

At Chestnut Hill Legal, our probate lawyer understands your goal is to set up your estate in a way that avoids probate. We’re determined to help you achieve this by assisting you in the creation of a high-quality, specific plan to arrange your assets. Our probate attorney in Philadelphia offers high-quality strategies that utilize a variety of different estate planning tools. These tools include wills, trusts, and other binding documentation making your final wishes legally binding.

Questions about probate? Contact our probate lawyer in Philadelphia for assistance, today!

How Can I Avoid Probate?

If you own anything individually when you pass away, your assets will go through the probate process. However, ownership isn’t necessarily a simple matter. Careful planning can change how ownership of particular assets is determined, and thus help your estate avoid probate entirely.


Probate may not be necessary if all of your assets are:

  • Jointly-held: If all someone own at the time of their passing is a home and a bank account which were both jointly-held with a spouse, both of these assets pass to the surviving spouse without going through probate.

  • Passed into an irrevocable living trust: Irrevocable trusts are not controlled by the trustor, meaning they don’t actually legally possess them, thus they’re excluded from the estate in terms of probate.

  • Placed into a revocable trust-centered plan: As long as all individually-held assets were transferred into the trust during the trustor’s life, the decedent doesn’t technically own anything upon their death, and thus probate isn’t necessary.


Determining the best way to protect your assets from the probate process is something you should only undertake with the assistance of a qualified and knowledgeable estate attorney in PA.

Call Chestnut Hill Legal in Philadelphia, PA today at (610) 991-7986 to request a free consultation with a skilled probate lawyer!

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