No matter your age, your health, or your position in life, it is best to start planning your estate as early as possible. Making this plan allows you to ensure that in the event of your passing, your family will be taken care of and your wishes will be carried out. This gives you peace of mind and saves your family and loved ones from unnecessary stress in the future. When you are ready to begin estate planning, our attorneys at Casale & Bonner, P.C. can help. We have provided legal services to clients and their families throughout Williamsport, PA and the surrounding areas, assisting them with everything from wills to dispute litigation.
It’s Always the Right Time to Begin Preparing for the Future
When most people think of their estate, their will is the first thing that comes to mind. A will is a legal document in which you state to whom your assets and properties will go in the event of your death. In addition, it states who is to be the guardian of any minor children. It is imperative to create a will and continually update it throughout your life to reflect any changes in circumstance so that you can rest assured your wishes are carried out.
If there are any disputes regarding a will, we will provide the litigation necessary to determine the will’s validity and to ease stress and tension among the deceased’s loved ones.
Unlike a will, which determines to who your property will go after your death, a trust distributes property both during life and after death. You can assign a person to become the trustee of your property at any time. With a trust, you can plan for certain occasions, such as organizing provisions for children with disabilities. Other advantages of creating a trust are that a trust avoids probate and remains private. Our attorneys will help you craft a wide range of trusts.
Powers of Attorney
A Power of Attorney is a person you appoint to make your financial or medical decisions in the event that you are no longer able to do so. This is a person you trust to make the best possible resolutions on your behalf.
Probate is the process of validating a will in the event of the person’s death. This process is handled by a judge. The judge will then determine a personal representative to distribute the deceased’s assets according to their will, as well as pay off any remaining bills and notify creditors. Our attorneys can guide you during this often confusing process.
Advance Healthcare Directive
In an advanced healthcare directive, you state your intentions for your healthcare in the event that you are no longer able to make these decisions.