Probate/Estate Administration and the Coronavirus

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

It seems that everywhere we look right now, we are overwhelmed with news about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Yet, in the midst of all of this, our personal lives have not stopped.

Those that have lost loved ones during this difficult time may be feeling lost and uncertain about how to navigate the next steps. Typically, when someone passes away, we meet with the Executor and/or family to determine whether it is necessary to probate the individual's Will (if there is one) and/or have someone appointed to administer the Estate. Then, if it is necessary, we arrange to probate at the Court in the county where the individual resided. However, these times are unprecedented - our Montgomery County Register of Wills is accepting emergency probate petitions only until further notice and Bucks County is operating virtually. [UPDATE 10/15/2020: MONTGOMERY COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS IS ACCEPTING PETITIONS AND OPERATING ON A 4-6 WEEK WAITLIST.] So, what can we do now?

First, we can arrange an appointment via telephone or video chat to discuss some preliminary steps that you may be able to take right away. This may include claiming assets that are not subject to probate, arranging for the payment of funeral expenses and other bills, discussing any upcoming tax consequences, and addressing other issues that you may be concerned about at this time. In some cases, probate may not even be necessary. With that being said, if probate is necessary and your loved one resided in Montgomery County, we can start working together and submit our petition for probate right away. We will continue to watch for any changes in Montgomery County. If probate is necessary and your loved one resided in Bucks County, we can initiate the probate process and start administering the estate right away.

While we prefer to work with clients in-person, our attorneys at Schneider, Nixon and John are committed to providing the same dedication and service to our clients as always via telephone, e-mail and video chat. We are here to ease your anxiety and concerns during this difficult time.

If you are ready to set up an appointment, visit our "Schedule Appointment" page or call us at 215-672-7660.

We look forward to working with you, and our prayers are with you.

Updated on June 5, 2020

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