Estate Planning and Incapacity Issues: Consider a Power of Attorney

If you are involved in planning your estate, you need to be prepared for different issues that could arise. One of these issues is incapacity or partial incapacity. Your estate plan can address what happens in the event you are in this situation. One mechanism to address issues involving incapacity is known as a Power  … Read More

Exemptions from Pennsylvania’s Inheritance Tax: Advancements

Those interested in the inheritance process need to know about Pennsylvania’s inheritance tax. The tax is imposed as a percentage assigned to the value of a decedent’s estate passed to beneficiaries of a will. The rates of the inheritance tax are as follows: • 0 percent on transfers to a surviving spouse or to a  … Read More

Modification of Wills: The Effect of Marriage, Divorce, or Birth or Adoption of a Child on Your Will

A last will and testament provides the final instructions from the testator on how to distribute the testator’s property. However, the language contained in a will may not reflect the situation of the parties upon the death of the testator. Consider the situation where a husband-testator is divorced from his wife, but his will is  … Read More

Will Contests in Pennsylvania

When a testator dies and leaves behind a will, the will is then presented to the Register of Wills for the probate process. But what if an heir or other person who has standing takes exception to the provisions of the will? There is the possibility of relief at law through the will contest process.  … Read More

Modification of Wills: The Effect of Marriage, Divorce, or Birth or Adoption of a Child on Your Will

A last will and testament provides the final instructions from the testator on how to distribute the testator’s property. However, the language contained in a will may not reflect the situation of the parties upon the death of the testator. Consider the situation where a husband-testator is divorced from his wife, but his will is  … Read More