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What is a living will and is it important?

There are many estate planning considerations that Pennsylvanians must be concerned with and fully understand. Some like wills, trusts and probate might be relatively easy to understand. Others, like a living will and a power of attorney, are more complicated. These are aspects that people frequently ignore. It is a mistake to do so. A living will or a healthcare power of attorney allow another person to make decisions for the person's medical care if he or she is incapacitated.

Estate planning can benefit Pennsylvania residents, young and old

Whether you are old or young, married or single, drafting an estate plan is always something to consider. Old age should not be the situation that triggers such a step, because it is important to be prepared long before a person is old and vulnerable. Therefore, residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere should understand ways they can make the estate planning process much easier to initiate and complete.

Helping you take the important step of estate planning

Planning for the future goes beyond making potential career choices, moving to a different city or state, preparing for a family or saving for retirement. Individuals in Pennsylvania should contemplate about all life possibilities, which means considering what will happen after your death. While it is difficult to think about death, it is important to take steps to ensure your family is well cared for and your wishes are followed. This is why drafting an estate plan even at a young age is a crucial step to take.

Don't have an estate plan? Here's the minimum you need

The problem with death and incapacitating health conditions is we never know when they're going to happen. Indeed, death can happen at any moment, and if you haven't finalized your estate plan, you're running the risk of leaving your family with a large and difficult burden.

Important steps to take in the estate planning process

Planning and preparing for the future is often avoided. Residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere do not like thinking about their aging life and what will happen after their death. Nonetheless, taking the time to consider and assess these important end-of-life factors can help individuals protect assets and provide for loved ones upon their death.

I'm the executor of my mother's estate: What should I do?

If you've been named the executor of your mother's estate, then you've been charged with the important responsibility of managing her assets and finalizing outstanding details pertaining to the estate. This might involve guiding the estate through the probate process.

3 things to know about a special needs child and your estate plan

Having a child with special needs presents you with a host of challenges. One thing that you probably think about a lot is what is going to happen to your child when you pass away. It is imperative that you take steps now to protect your child when the inevitable occurs. There is a fine balance that you have to meet regarding taking care of your child and ensuring that you don't take away inadvertently the benefits he or she counts on.

Why parents should appoint a guardian for their child

No parent wants to anticipate passing away before their children are grown and capable to take care of themselves. However, it is an unfortunate reality that some individuals, whether due to illness or accidents, will die before their kids reach the age of majority. In situations such as this it is extremely important that a Warrendale parent has established a solid plan to appoint a guardian for their child.

Annual gifts can reduce estate tax liabilities

Warrendale residents often hope that they will be able to leave their loved ones something when they pass away. A carefully crafted estate plan can help achieve that goal, and attorneys in the area can help interested readers accomplish their estate planning needs. However, in some cases an individual may find that his estate has grown to a significant sum. When an individual passes away with many assets his estate may be subject to significant taxes.

Financial struggles in retirement? Try a mortgage modification

As a retiree, you hope to get your finances in order so that you can enjoy the rest of your life. Now that you aren't working on a full-time basis, you hope to spend time on the things that make you happy.

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