Wills in Pennsylvania

Planning for the Future of Your Estate

When you are planning for the future of your family and loved ones, there are several different options you can choose from in your estate plan. I have been helping clients create meaningful estate plans for more than 34 years. I value my clients' input and their preferences, allowing them to voice their goals and objectives for the future. Each individual has a different asset base and family circumstances and will need to create a plan for their unique needs.

As an attorney with a vast amount of experience in estate planning and probate law, I understand how each element of your plan will affect future recipients. Upon your passing, your family will be left with the responsibility of distributing your assets. They may deal with it directly or be required to appear in court for probate purposes, depending on how you set up your estate. If you are interested in receiving legal support for your estate plan, contact my law office today. I will work with you to design a plan that fits your needs and helps you pursue your goals.

Wills: The Foundation of an Estate Plan

If you decide to include a last will and testament in your estate plan, it is important to understand that wills are the foundation of many estate plans. A will is used to provide instruction for the distribution of a person's property after they have passed away. You can also use a will to name an executor and designate a custodian and guardian for minor children. If you want to leave instructions on how to pay for debts and taxes, you can include that in your will, as well. When a living trust is created, it is necessary to have a will as a backup-this type of will is called a pour-over will.

What are the benefits of having a will?

  • You can select your heirs
  • You decide who gets what and when
  • You can nominate a guardian for minor children
  • You nominate an executor to settle your estate when you pass
  • You can make charitable donations
  • You can bequeath assets to close friends and/or distant relatives
  • You give someone legal authority to make decisions for you in the event of incapacitation

A will can sometimes be helpful for individuals with fewer investments, who just want to have a simple document explaining how their property should be handled and distributed. If you have more assets, your loved ones will have to go through probate courts to receive any property. In this case, I would suggest my clients consider a living trust, which protects from probate court proceedings.

Living trusts or wills can never be created too soon, which is why it's important to discuss your situation with a lawyer. If you would like more information on how I might be able to help, contact D'Onofrio Law Office, P.C. today. I always offer my clients a complimentary initial consultation.

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I service Moon Township, Allegheny County, Beaver County, Washington County, Butler County, Westmoreland County and all of Western Pennsylvania. Contact my law office today to get peace of mind.