Our estate planning practice includes the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives (including health care powers of attorney and living wills) for individuals. We understand that it can be difficult for most people to discuss the issues addressed in these documents including those relating to incapacity, end of life treatment and medical decisions, providing for the care of family members after death, and arranging for the distribution of assets upon death. We recognize that each case is unique and that individuals have different needs and objectives to be addressed during the estate planning process. We also believe that estate planning is important for everyone - regardless of the size of the estate.
Our goal in our estate planning practice is to explain the available options and strategies to our clients so they can make informed decisions about these important issues. We are committed to achieving this goal by spending time with our clients and providing personalized and professional legal representation in estate planning matters, keeping in mind the sensitive nature of the issues involved and the individual's specific needs and objectives. The probate process refers to the process of having a decedent's will declared valid and effective by the Register of Wills and includes oversight of the administration of the decedent's will. Estate administration involves identifying and valuing the decedent's assets; paying the decedent's debts; preparing and filing appropriate tax returns including the decedent's final income tax returns and inheritance and estate tax returns; paying the taxes owed by the decedent and the estate; and distributing the assets in accordance with the decedent's will or, if there is no will, in accordance with Pennsylvania's intestate laws.
We provide advice and counsel to executors and administrators on probate and estate administration matters ranging from simple to complex. Our goal in our probate and estate administration practice is to assist executors and administrators in fulfilling their obligations to the estate in a timely manner and minimizing costs to the estate. We are committed to achieving this goal by providing comprehensive and attentive legal advice throughout every stage of the estate administration process.