The Global Pandemic killed more than 1 million people in the United States since the start of the pandemic, and life expectancy has been cut by nearly 2.5 years since 2020.  Two-thirds of U.S. adults have no Will, and their dying intestate has serious implications for grieving family members and other potential heirs looking to settle the deceased’s affairs.

This process can be complex, frustrating, and at times lengthy.  Our specialists, will take their time assessing what your family needs are and be able to provide options according to your situation.

With thoughtfully prepared documents, you may continue to guide your loved ones with your wisdom even after you are gone. Here at PFTC we understand that when a loved one passes away it can cause confusion and helplessness.  Not having your legal documents can also add more frustration.

There are many ramifications that happen when a loved one dies intestate.

TESTATE – Dying with a Last Will and Testament.

INTESTATE – Dying without a Last Will and Testament


LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT – A will or testament is a legal document that expresses a person’s wishes as to how their assets and personal belongings are to be distributed after their death and as to which person is to manage the property until its final distribution

POWER OF ATTORNEYA legal document granting an individual the authority to act for another person in specified or all legal or financial matters.

ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE- a written document detailing a person’s desires regarding their medical treatment in circumstances they become incapable of making their own decisions. This includes a living will and a health proxy.



Types of Proceedings we do

ADMINISTRATIONThe process where Surrogate’s Court officially gives out letters of administration to a qualified distributee (heir) of the decedent. This proceeding is prepared when the decedent died, “intestate.”

PROBATE – Is the process of proving that the Will is valid (legally acceptable). This proceeding is prepared when the decedent died, “testate.”

SMALL ESTATE – Occurs when the decedent died with assets under $50,000.

GUARDIANSHIPS – At 18 all individuals, including those with developmental disabilities, reach the legal age of majority.  This means that parents can no longer make decisions legally on behalf of an adult child, regardless of the nature of the individual’s disability and regardless of whether or not the individual still lives with the family.

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