Legal Tips for Children of Aging Parents

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Being prepared for a crisis as your parents get older is essential, but the conversations are tough and it’s hard to know where to start. In the end, taking these steps to prepare now will make life easier. This is the first article of a three-part series on Tips for Children of Aging Parents. Tip […]

Does a Will Need Witnesses to be Valid?

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Like many estate planning questions the answer is not as simple as yes or no; but more along the lines of “it depends.” While the law varies from state to state, in Pennsylvania a will usually only has to meet two basic requirements: 1) It must be in writing and 2) it must be signed […]

The Dangers of Transferring Your Home to Your Child

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It is common for parents to consider deeding their home to their child or children. The reasons for contemplating a home ownership transfer vary, but typically include the parents thinking that this will allow their estates to avoid probate, inheritance taxes, or to help them qualify for benefits for long-term care. Although it may appear […]

How to Avoid an Estate Planning Tragedy

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You see me here, you gods, a poor old man, As full of grief as age; wretched in both. -King Lear, 3.2 I recently purchased a copy of King Lear. Somehow, I had never read this Shakespeare classic. Now, being semi-retired I have some time to read things like this that I missed. Wow. This […]

Estate Planning – How to Begin

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Estate planning is a process that you use to protect your loved ones and your home and savings. You know you should do it, but where should you begin? How are you supposed to know what estate planning documents make sense for you? It is hard to get started. Earlier in my law career in […]

What Makes a Power of Attorney “Durable”?

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document you use to authorize another person to act on your behalf. The rules governing powers of attorney are generally a matter of state law. Many state laws are based on the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. But the terminology and rules can vary substantially from state to […]