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Wills Why do I need a Will?

The most common and simple reason to make a will is to decide who will get your property when you die. Without a Will (or another plan, like a living trust), your state laws determine how your property will be distributed—usually to your closest relatives, like your spouse, children or parents.

Why Shouldn't I Use an Online Will or Buy a Will Kit?

The distribution of your property at your death is a decision you should make carefully after discussing your needs and desires thoroughly with an attorney. I will discuss the consequences of your decisions and prepare a document that fits your needs.

  • Made-to-order Wills will not do that.
  • The decisions are too important to leave to impersonal software.
  • You cannot ask questions of a computer.
  • Internet forms may not reflect current laws.
  • The forms may not have Pennsylvania-specific laws and language.
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What Do I Need to Consider When Making Out a Will?

  • Property that will pass to others outside of your Will.
  • Inheritance tax issues, including how they are to be paid.
  • The impact of changes in circumstances after you write your Will.
  • The rights/duties you are granting to the party who will act as the executor of your estate.

What Happens if I Die Without a Will in the State of Pennsylvania?

  • You do not decide where your assets go - the State does
  • You do not get to select your Executor (the person appointed to administer your Will).
  • The Executor maybe someone you would rather not have in that position.
  • Your assets may not be distributed the way you want them to be.
  • There may be adverse tax implications.

Power of Attorney

What is It, and Why Do I Need It?

Power of Attorney allows someone to make business decisions for you if you become legally incapacitated. This power includes the right to sell real estate, borrow money, buy or sell stocks, pay bills and manage your affairs.

Things to Consider When Deciding if You Want a Power of Attorney

  • Are you willing to give this authority to someone at this time?
  • Who do you appoint as your agent?
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Living Will What is It, and Why Do I Need It?

  • A Living Will (also known as an Advance Health Care Directive) is a way to set out your choices regarding medical treatment if you cannot make or communicate your wishes at the time of treatment.
  • You can also use this document to appoint someone with the authority to consent to medical procedures and care on your behalf.
  • A Living Will expresses your treatment decisions beforehand, relieving family and friends of this responsibility.
These are important decisions. I will help you consider the risks and benefits and make the right choices.