Estate Planning and Pets

When doing estate planning and preparing your Will, you may want to consider your pet.  Who will take care of your pet after you pass away?  Pets are often an important part of the family, or may even be your only family.  If you have no family members or friends who...

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...

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...

Estate Planning

Estate planning, including the preparation of Wills and Powers of Attorney, is a way to be prepared and to plan ahead for life’s eventualities, whether it is disability, incapacity or death. It is a good idea to review your family’s financial situation...