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209 West Diamond Street, Butler, Pennsylvania 16001
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Experienced Pennsylvania Estates and Trusts Attorney

With more than 20 years of experience, Dorothy J. Petrancosta possesses in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Will drafting and execution

Estate planning

Dorothy J. Petrancosta can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. She thoroughly analyzes your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. She can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts, if beneficial to your estate.


Dorothy J. Petrancosta applies her extensive knowledge about the Pennsylvania probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. She assists executors in all steps of the process, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the Pennsylvania probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Evaluating the estate
  • Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes

When disputes occur between beneficiaries, Dorothy J. Petrancosta successfully represents your interests. She has the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. She can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.

Contact a meticulous estate planning lawyer, Dorothy J. Petrancosta

Call Dorothy J. Petrancosta at 724-285-4747 or contact her online to schedule an appointment.

Dorothy J. Petrancosta is conveniently located in Pennsylvania and serves clients in Butler County, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Venango County, Mercer County, Crawford County, Lawrence County and Erie County.