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July 2014 Archives

Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax

Whether assets are inherited under Wills or by intestacy (without Wills), when someone passes away in Pennsylvania, there may be inheritance taxes due to the Commonwealth. The amount, if any, that is due depends on the value of the decedent's assets on the date of death as well as who receives the assets.  There are four basic rates:  0% between spouses, 4.5% for lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, parents, etc.); 12% for siblings (brothers or sisters) and 15% for anyone else.   

When must an Estate be opened?

When a loved one who has a Will passes away, an estate may need to be opened.  When must an Estate be opened?  If the decedent had assets solely in his or her own name that do not have named beneficiaries, the Will may need to be filed at the Register of Wills office in the county where the decedent resided.  It is best to consult with an elder law attorney to determine if it is necessary to open an estate.       

Planning and the Nursing Home Decision

Part of long term care planning may involve the decision that a loved one can no longer adequately be taken care of at home and needs to be placed in a nursing home.  This is one of the hardest decisions to make since no one really wants to go to a nursing home, and no one wants to have to make that decision.  It is better, if possible, to plan ahead to try to avoid this decision as long as possible. 

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