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If a loved one has recently passed away, you may be designated the logistical task of dealing with the probate process. Probate can take a lot of time, and some problems can arise depending on the complexity of the estate, as well as the terms of the will.

If you are struggling with the probate process, it is a good idea to read more about the most common difficulties that people have. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions concerning the probate process in the state of Pennsylvania.

Can the appointed personal representative decide to not accept the role?

If you have been appointed as the personal representative of an estate but you do not want to accept the responsibility, it is possible to opt out of the duty. When you do this, the probate court will go through the process of appointing a new personal representative.

What happens when there is a reason to believe that the will is invalid?

Occasionally a member of the family of the deceased person may argue that the will does not reflect their last wishes. In this situation, they will often decide to contest the will. In order for this to be successfully done, there must be evidence supporting the theory that the will is invalid.

What can make the probate process take longer?

Many things can complicate the probate process. For example, probate can take longer if the deceased person had a lot of debts, or if there are many beneficiaries of the estate.

If you are running into difficulties as an appointed personal representative, you may want to contact an estate administration attorney for guidance.  The Quinn Law Firm has a number of attorneys that can assist you.  To schedule an appointment, contact us at 814-833-2222.