Berks County, Pennsylvania Wills Lawyers Near Reading, PA
Wills and Estate Planning are important to every adult. Rich or poor, Estate Planning and Wills…
- ensure your property is divided according to your wishes; and
- protect you if you are very ill and cannot make decisions for yourself.
Not having a Will allows someone else to make important decisions for you. When no Will exists in Pennsylvania, an estate is divided by probate court. A judge will decide how property and assets are divided. In addition, the process can be time consuming.
Wills and Estate Planning: The Basics
Estate Planning establishes what will happen to your estate and to you in the event that you cannot make decisions for yourself. Estate planning can involve…
- a Will;
- Powers of Attorney;
- Living Wills; and
- other legal instruments to protect you and your family in a variety of situations.
Wills are a legal document designed to divide assets and property after you pass away. Wills can…
- shorten the probate process because a judge won’t have to decide how property is divided;
- reduce arguments over your estate by clearly stating your intentions; and
- ensure the estate is divided up and distributed to heirs as you wish.
Power of Attorney
Powers of Attorney allow you to designate someone to act on your behalf in certain circumstances. For example, a General Durable Power of Attorney allows a person to designate someone to act on their behalf if they are incapacitated. The Power of Attorney lasts as long as the principal is alive, and if the principal is incapacitated, the person they have designated in the documents can make decisions and act in their best interests. They can make legal and financial decisions, for example, on behalf of the principal, as long as the principal cannot make decisions for themselves.
A Medical Power of Attorney refers specifically to medical decisions. This document allows a principal to name someone to make medical decisions (such as care or treatment decisions) in the event the principal is unable to do so. A person may have a Medical Power of Attorney alone or in conjunction with a General Durable Power of Attorney for other decision-making.
What are Living Wills?
Known officially as a Directive to Physicians, a living will states a person’s preferences for end-of-life care and care in extreme situations. In these circumstances, a patient may not be able to speak for themselves because they are too injured, and a family is often left with devastating choices — such as whether to keep a loved one on a ventilator or life support. A living will provides answers by stating an individual’s preferences clearly.
What Is a Declaration of Guardian for Self in the Event of Later Incapacity?
This document lists the guardians, in order of priority, who can act as guardians for an estate or person. This document is needed if an individual has multiple people who could act as guardians and clarification is needed about which person should be prioritized. If an individual has no one to name as a guardian, this document can help appoint someone.
What Is a Declaration of Guardian for Minor Children?
Anyone who has children who are younger than 18 years old should have a Declaration of Guardian for Minor Children as part of their estate plan. This document lists someone who can act as guardian if both parents pass away or are incapacitated. If no such document is present, minor children may be placed in foster care or a court may determine a guardian. This can be accomplished via specific language in a will, as well.
Do I need a Wills Attorney?
Yes you do. Here’s why.
Our experienced Wills Attorneys:
- take as much time as is necessary to gain a thorough understanding of your estate and family situation;
- ask the right questions only an experienced Wills Attorney knows to ask;
- bring up legal options you wouldn’t know about unless you yourself are a lawyer; and
- can create a thorough and personalized estate plan.
You worked a lifetime to acquire your estate. Now you want to make sure your estate is distributed to your loved ones according to your wishes. Do you really want to trust this responsibility to an online Wills Internet site or an inexperienced discount Wills Lawyer? Of course not. Who would? Obviously you need a proven, experienced Wills Attorney to make sure it happens.
Why Choose Our Wills Attorneys?
You already know there’s a lot of Berks County Wills and Estate Planning Lawyers around Reading, PA. How do you pick the right one?
Of course experience is the most important factor to consider. Our Wills Attorneys have 40 years’ experience helping clients in Reading, PA an in Berks County communities around Reading.
The next consideration might not be quite as obvious. You want a Wills Attorney who…
- genuinely understands the importance of what you’re trying to accomplish; and
- the emotional discomfort the subject of Wills and Estate Planning often creates.
- have a reputation for being the most people and family-oriented law firm and Wills Attorneys in Berks County;
- personally understand the importance of seeing our estates distributed according to our wishes; and
- most importantly, create your Will with the same dedication to detail as we would our own.
Protect your family’s future. No one knows what the future might bring. But we strive to bring you peace of mind about tomorrow.
Start your Estate Planning today. Contact Us Online or call us at 610-670-9000 today for your personalized consultation.