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Estate Planning

Having the proper will and estate plan is important. If you die without a will, the following events may occcur:

  1. Your net estate will be distributed in accordance with a predetermined statutory formula, not in accordance with your wishes
  2. The administrator for your estate will be determined by the Courts
  3. Your heirs could receive a smaller distribution from your estate because of increased federal estate and Pennsylvania inheritance taxes

For those in the higher tax brackets, a will containing tax-driven trusts can minimize federal estate taxes in your and/or your spouse's estate. A family limited partnership can be utilized to transfer assets to children while allowing you to retain substantial control over those assets.

A properly drafted power of attorney or living will can ensure that your wishes will be carried out, even if you are incapacitated or in a terminal condition.

Services provided in connection with a decedent's estate include probate of the will; legal advice in connection with the collection of estate assets, payment of estate obligations and distribution to beneficiaries; preparation of inheritance, estate and fiduciary income tax returns, and filing estate accounts with the Court.

Areas of Expertise

  • Preparation of estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills
  • Probate, estate and trust administration
  • Protection and transfer of family wealth
  • Elder care
  • Business succession planning
  • Family limited partnerships
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