Ensuring Your Final Wishes Are Respected
Many documents are available as tools for establishing an estate plan. In many cases, a complete plan can be achieved through a will, power of attorney and living will:
- A will provides for distribution of your property and, if necessary, includes provisions for the care of your minor children. If you do not have a will at the time of your death, your property will be distributed according to the intestate laws of Pennsylvania, which may cause unwanted circumstances for your survivors. An existing will should be reviewed whenever you undergo a major life change such as the birth of a child, divorce or retirement.
- Power of attorney appoints another person as your agent to manage your affairs and act on your behalf when you are either physically or mentally unable to do so. Your agent is obligated to make decisions and use your money and property only for your benefit.
- A living will, also known as a health care directive, is a written document that allows you to state which medical treatments you do or do not want to receive during a terminal illness. A living will only takes effect when you are incapacitated and can no longer communicate and allows you to name a surrogate to express your wishes on your behalf.
Wyomissing Lawyers For Power Of Attorney, Wills And Living Wills
At Palange, Endres & Marks, P.C., we assist clients across central Pennsylvania with concerns related to estate planning. We can review your situation to advise on accounting and tax consequences of your current documents or help with the actual drafting of documents. We also can advise on establishing guardianships and trusts for minors through your will.
Strong Representation For Estate Administration Concerns
The time immediately following a loved one’s death is very difficult and can be confusing. For estate executors or personal representatives, it can be overwhelming to be charged with settling a deceased loved one’s estate.
Our attorneys are prepared to guide and assist executors and personal representatives through the entire process of the administration of the estate, from getting legally appointed to the final distribution of assets.
Schedule an appointment with a wills and estate lawyer for Reading, Wyomissing and other areas of Berks County. Call us at 610-674-0712 or toll free at 800-634-1983. Or send us an email using our secure online form.