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Does Pennsylvania have filial support laws?

Depending on one's state of residence, children may be financially liable for their parents' long-term care bills. Known as filial responsibility laws, these laws state that children can be held legally responsible for long-term care expenses if their parents are indigent and unable to pay for care. Though there are only 30 states in the country with laws like this on the books, Pennsylvania is one of them. A case a few years ago enforced the filial support laws and found the defendant son was liable for his mother's care to the tune of $93,000.

Do you believe the myths about estate planning?

Estate planning - many people in Pennsylvania may be hesitant to begin the process because they either think that it is too complicated or that they don't need an estate plan. But, are the people who are thinking like this really believe the myths about estate planning?

Different estate planning concerns for millennials

Previous posts on this Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, blog noted that while each of us has a different family and financial situation, almost everyone can benefit from estate planning. Older and younger people benefit from plans detailing how their assets will be distributed when they pass and who will help them during their lifetimes. However, younger people may also need to name guardians and trustees for minor children. There are plenty of benefits for everyone when it comes to estate planning, but the approach to the process may be different, depending on a person's age.

What do adult children need to know about parents' estate plans?

Once estate plans have been prepared by Pennsylvania residents, they usually feel pretty good about completing this important task. They have crafted plans for what will happen to their assets. They have powers of attorney in place, so that a trusted individual can make important medical and financial decisions if they are unable to do so. They have prepared living wills for end-of-life decisions. But, what good is estate planning if no one knows about it? What do parents need to inform their adult children of when it comes to their estate plans?

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