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What are the basics of probate and estate administration in PA?

What is probate and estate administration in Pennsylvania? When a person dies owning assets in his or her name alone, an estate may need to be "opened" by a personal representative to handle the assets and to settle the decedent's affairs. When Pennsylvania residents have had a loved one pass away, they may find themselves in a situation where the probate of a Will is needed. They may have more than a few questions about the process of probate and estate administration and what steps to take, which require help from an estate attorney.

An overview of guardianship law in Pennsylvania

In the best-case scenario, every Pennsylvania resident would have estate plans and long-term care plans in place for when they are needed. Unfortunately, most of our readers know that the reality is that way too few people have these types of plans in place. In some cases, this means that when someone becomes incapacitated in some way - unable to take care of themselves, their financial affairs or their own health care - another person must step in to take care of those needs. This is what is referred to as "guardianship."

Protecting your loved ones at a nursing home

Long term care planning can help to protect you and your family. As we age, the possibility of needing long term care becomes more likely. While this is a lifestyle change for which no one wishes, dealing with the logistical details of you or your spouse moving into a nursing home involves much more than just leaving your home. There are also many financial elements that are of great concern.

How should I legally prepare for a long term care?

Long term care and nursing home planning, as this blog has previously discussed, is something that many Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania residents may eventually need if they require care. The big question people have on their minds is how to finance the often astronomical bill for a nursing home stay, a bill which may run in to six figures.

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