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Estate planning tips for blended families

Careful estate planning may help people prevent inheritance disputes between their new spouses and their children from prior marriages upon their passing. It is fairly common for people in Pennsylvania to remarry after a divorce, and often, one or both spouses may have children from a previous relationship. While these blended families offer people new opportunities to […]

Top six mistakes made when preparing will

While proper estate planning is essential, mistakes do happen. Below are the TOP FIVE some common mistakes: 1. Conflicts between legal documents Many clients do not realize that some property does not transfer through the estate. For example, a deed supersedes the will. In other words, if the deed is titled as joint tenants with […]

Do You have a Will in Place?

When you pass away, it is important to have a will in place so that your assets are distributed per your wishes. However, if you pass away without a valid will in place, your estate will be distributed pursuant to Pennsylvania intestacy rules. If you are married at the time of your passing, the following rules apply: […]

Why do I need a prenup for a remarriage?

Prenuptial agreements offer blended families a way of estate planning as well as protecting spouses in the event of a future divorce. Anyone in Pennsylvania who has been prematurely widowed or divorced at least once knows that sometimes a marriage does not last as long as originally hoped or planned. Many people choose to get […]

Estate planning tips for blended families

Careful estate planning may help people prevent inheritance disputes between their new spouses and their children from prior marriages upon their passing. It is fairly common for people in Pennsylvania to remarry after a divorce, and often, one or both spouses may have children from a previous relationship. While these blended families offer people new opportunities to […]

Frequently asked questions about pet trusts

Pet owners who anticipate their pets outliving them should know the essential facts about pet trusts to be able to decide what is right for their situations. Estate planning in Pennsylvania involves a lot of different considerations, including drafting a will, selecting an estate administrator, planning for the probate process and setting up any trusts. […]

Wills for Heroes

Wills for Heroes is a program in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association that provides free wills, living wills, and powers of attorney to first responders and their families. Appointments are required along with proof of military or public service. There is also a limit on the size of the estate to utilize this service. […]

Irrevocable Trusts

A trust is a mechanism wherein assets are set aside for certain beneficiaries and managed by a trustee subject to the terms of the document. Irrevocable trusts cannot subsequently be modified or terminated. Irrevocable trusts can help protect assets for parties who may need long-term care. Elderly persons needing long-term care often try to utilize […]

After Your Divorce, Make These Changes Immediately

The process of getting divorced can be hard to move through.  When you are finally divorced you will probably want a break from making decisions and taking care of legal matters.  However, it is crucial to immediately update a few important areas of your life including your will, life insurance beneficiaries, and other estate planning […]

Wills For Heroes – May 14, 2016

Bucks County has a “Wills for Heroes” event this upcoming Saturday, May 14, 2016. This is a program in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Bar Association that provides free wills, living wills, and powers of attorney to first responders and their spouses/significant others. Proof of military or public service affiliation is required. Appointments are required and […]