Making Sense of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills

At Sikov and Love, P.A., we represent individuals, families and caregivers by providing a variety of estate planning services. We provide personalized legal advice in an effort to understand and fulfill your specific needs and wishes.

Experienced Pittsburgh Estate Planning Attorneys

Would you like to speak with an attorney regarding our estate planning services? Contact a Pittsburgh estate planning lawyer at Sikov and Love, P.A., to arrange for your consultation. Since our founding in 1952, we have set a standard for quality legal services, and we are also well-qualified to perform the elder law services you need most, including the preparation of wills, trust, powers of attorney and living wills.

It is important to have a skilled attorney periodically review your estate planning documents. Our firm offers a full range of up-to-date estate planning services designed to help you plan for the future, to protect your assets and to ensure that your wishes are followed.

Our Estate Planning Practice

Our comprehensive estate planning services deal with your assets during your lifetime and after death, which address the many concerns for you and your loved ones. We can help you prepare a wide range of estate planning documents and tools, including:

  • Wills
  • Trusts — inter vivos and testamentary
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts, such as irrevocable burial trusts
  • Special needs trusts
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Durable financial powers of attorney
  • Mental health care powers of attorney

What is a Will?

A Last Will and Testament is a writing in ink, signed at the end, and dated which clearly indicates what is to be done with one's property following death. It may also name someone to handle your financial affairs following death.

What Is a Trust?

A trust is a separate legal entity set up to handle your affairs and to hold assets. A trust names beneficiaries who will receive benefits from the trust and indicates when benefits will be paid out as well as naming a Trustee to make the decisions. Trusts have many uses and can be an important part of your estate plan.

Understanding Powers of Attorney

Planning for disability or incapacity means the preparation of powers of attorney, whether these needs are financial or medical or involve issues of mental health. A power of attorney is a legal document in which the principal gives authority to an agent to perform activities on the behalf of the principal. The power of attorney does not take away the principal's authority but adds someone who can help the principal. When acting under the power of attorney, the agent must act in the principal's best interests.

Mental Health Care Powers of Attorney

Mental health care powers of attorney are particularly important if a loved one is dealing with ongoing mental health problems and permit the principal to name a decision maker if the principal is unable to act.

Contact a Pennsylvania Wills/Trusts Lawyer

Whatever your needs, we will work with you to develop a plan for the future. Contact a Pennsylvania wills and trusts attorney at Sikov and Love, P.A., at 412-567-1236 to arrange a consultation.