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Navigating Uncertainty: The Importance of Having a Power of Attorney in PA

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In life, uncertainty is the only certainty. Events unfold, often unexpectedly, leaving individuals and their families to navigate the complexities of legal and financial affairs during times of crisis. Understanding the significance of establishing a power of attorney in PA is crucial for protecting oneself and one’s assets. This blog will highlight some of the … Read more

Navigating Loss: How a Pennsylvania Attorney Can Provide Support After the Death of a Loved One

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Losing a loved one is undoubtedly one of life’s most challenging experiences, and amidst the emotional turmoil, legal complexities can often add an additional layer of stress. In Pennsylvania, seeking the guidance of an experienced attorney is crucial to navigating the legal aspects that follow the death of a family member or friend, whether or … Read more

What Is Important to Know About Inheritance Laws in PA?

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Inheritance laws can be complex and nuanced, and that is especially true in Pennsylvania. If you are a resident of the Keystone State or stand to inherit property here, it is essential to be informed about the legal landscape. Understanding inheritance laws in PA is crucial for estate planning and navigating the legal landscape after … Read more

Demystifying Special Needs Trusts in Pennsylvania: What Are They and How Do They Work?

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Some complexities can be difficult to understand when learning about the intricacies of special needs trusts and estate planning for those with special needs in Pennsylvania. Whether you’re a caregiver, a family member, or an individual with special needs, you will want to know the potential advantages of these trusts. When you’re ready to navigate … Read more

How to File Estate-Related Taxes in Pennsylvania

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It’s hard to believe that tax time is upon us once again. Just like the blooming daffodils and our Lancaster Country farmers preparing their fields for planting, tax time is a springtime ritual—even if no one celebrates it!

With that in mind, you probably landed on this article because you have nagging questions about working through various types of estate-related taxes. You’ve come to the right place, as we often cover taxing matters related to estate administration here on the blog.

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Guardianship Versus Power of Attorney Designations: What’s the Difference?

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A little while ago, we published a post here on the blog as part of our Complete Guide to Estate Planning series covering all of the most vital estate planning documentation you need to consider.

High on that list of essential documents is a power of attorney (POA) designation—or perhaps more than one—allowing you to designate a specific trusted individual or individuals, like family members or other loved ones, to be in charge of your affairs or help you make financial decisions, healthcare decisions, and more.

Today’s post focuses a little bit more closely on why experienced probate and estate lawyers strongly recommend setting up POA designations as part of your estate plan to be fully prepared for all eventualities as you age. In the question of guardianship vs. POA, you want to avoid your family needing to seek guardianship.

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