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What should you know about the estate administration process?

When a person passes away, loved ones and other parties must deal with the responsibility of administering the estate. This is the process of gathering assets and distributing them according to the will. In some cases, estate administration can be quite complex, and if you are facing this task, it can be beneficial to learn more about what to expect from this process. 

Do I need a power of attorney?

When most people think of estate planning, they think of what will happen to their assets after they die. Estate planning is much more than that, though. Protecting yourself in the event of mental or physical incapacitation is also a very important part of the estate planning process. This is something Pennsylvania residents can do with a legal document known as a power of attorney.

Covering your financial bases following the end of a marriage

If you are going through the end of a marriage, you may be facing a variety of difficult decisions, many of which could have an impact on your life. One area that may be of concern for you is the uncertainty involved in how your divorce will affect your financial future.

Can I appeal a divorce court ruling?

You went through the dissolution of marriage process. You tried so hard to reach a settlement through negotiations in order to avoid going to court, but it just did not work out in the end. Your divorce case ended up going to trial and a judge had the final say on your settlement terms. You do not believe the final terms will serve your best interests in the long run, particularly in regard to your alimony order. What can you do?

Which estate planning documents will help you meet your goals?

You've been thinking about the future and the idea that life is short, even for those who are fortunate enough to maintain good health in mind and body. However, after reading several news stories about various music and movie stars who died without ever executing final wills and testaments, you have determined that you do not wish to place your Pennsylvania loved ones in a similar situation when the time comes for you to go. The stress and headaches they may endure if your estate becomes intestate are many.

Is your ex stalking you?

From time to time, everyone gets the feeling someone is watching them. The feeling may be especially strong after watching a scary movie or reading about a terrible crime. However, you may be living your own nightmare if you are going through the divorce process and your ex is stalking you.

Could collaborative law help you reach a custody agreement?

In recent years, more parents with family law issues have turned to alternative methods of resolving their disputes instead of going to court. The days of "airing dirty laundry" in open court are largely reserved for Hollywood entertainment. Not only do people not want the expensive and time-consuming court experience, but they also want to reach an agreement with which everyone can live.

3 reasons a prenup may work for you

As you prepare to get married, you may feel an overwhelming sense of joy and excitement. The love you have for your future spouse may allow you to believe that your marriage will continue on for the rest of your lives. While this idea can seem romantic and appealing, you may also have a few "what if" type thoughts in your mind. Rather than thinking you should not entertain the idea of your marriage potentially coming to an end, you may wish to take steps to prepare ahead of time.

Is a special needs trust the right addition to your estate plan?

Caring for a loved one with special needs is challenging at times, but one of your biggest concerns may involve how you will ensure the care of this individual when you are no longer able to provide that care yourself. With some additions to your estate plan, you can be certain that you have protections in place that will protect your family member for years to come. 

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