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Category Archives: Estate Planning


FAQs About Wills in Pennsylvania

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A will tells the Pennsylvania courts who your beneficiaries are, or who you want to receive your assets upon your death. It also resolves personal matters, such as who will get custody of your children if there isn’t another surviving parent and the child is a minor. When considering making a will, many people… Read More »

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Estate Planning and Divorce

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During a divorce, there’s a lot to think about. You have to consider terms such as child custody, child support, and property division. Typically, estate planning is not top of mind for divorcing couples. However, those getting a divorce should put more thought into this than they do. Some portions of an estate plan… Read More »

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Do You Need a Lawyer to Write a Will?

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It’s a question many people have when planning for the future and trying to ensure their affairs are in order. Do you really need a lawyer to write a will? Particularly in Pennsylvania, where even handwritten wills are considered legal? Won’t you save a great deal of money by doing it on your own?… Read More »

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Understanding Pennsylvania’s Inheritance Tax

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Recently AOL released a story titled “Best states to die in…for taxes,” outlining the states where it is most costly for loved ones left behind when someone passes away. The story focused largely on the inheritance tax, which applies in Pennsylvania as well as five other states. What is this inheritance tax? How much… Read More »

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Living Wills, Advanced Directives, and Why They’re Important

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When most people think of estate planning, they often think the only thing they need to do is create a will. This is a very important step of estate planning, as it allows someone to retain control over their assets, child custody, and other important factors upon their death. However, wills are not the… Read More »

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The Basics of Creating a Will in Pennsylvania

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At first glance, writing a will may seem very easy. You know what assets you have, you know who you’d like them to go to after you pass away, and all you have to do is write it down. While this is the most basic way to write a will, the process can become… Read More »

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