Tangled Title: What Is It and How To Avoid It

Across Pennsylvania, there are thousands of properties that have a ‘tangled title’ where the person living in the home does not actually own the home. It’s a pervasive problem, particularly in urban areas. The sooner it is identified and fixed, the better. When there is tangled title, mortgages can’t be refinanced. Repair grants,...

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Why Are We Discussing Life Insurance?

Often times, the mention of life insurance can scare even the most rational folks away. But when it comes to estate planning (and elder planning), life insurance potentially has a significant role to play. The use of insurance will depend on the circumstances, but the idea of life insurance shouldn't be discarded at first...

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Beneficiary Designation Forms

It's time for some spring cleaning, and on your list, make sure to add checking your financial accounts with beneficiary designations. They range from annuities, to IRA's, 401(k)'s, life insurance policies and more.

If you have accounts with beneficiaries designated, it is important that you understand the beneficiary designations will take precedence over...

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Thoughts On Estate Planning

Plan Now, Not Later: The COVID crisis has only exacerbated a recurring problem we see at the law firm--folks waiting until it's too late to plan. I always emphasize the fact that you should be in control of your estate plan. It's not ideal if your adult child is attempting to be...

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How Often To Update Your Estate Plan

People always ask us how often they should review their estate plan, whether it be a Will or Revocable Living Trust. Just as your family changes, your estate plan should reflect those changes. Good estate planning attorneys try to plan ahead for as many contingencies as possible in each estate plan. However, even the...

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Estate Planning for Young Families

It is never too soon to write a will, and have powers of attorney drafted, particularly if you are married and have children. Young families in Pennsylvania need to have a fundamental estate plan in place. Once the fundamentals are in place, as your family grows, you can build on your estate plan...

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Planning For College

Do you have children or grandchildren and you're worried about saving enough for their college tuition? Of course, you're not alone... this economy has not made it any easier on us to save for our children's future. Yet, it is essential that we engage in this type of planning. The less debt your...

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Beware of writing your own estate plan

Tempted to write your estate plan on your own? Before you do, check out this recent article about doing-it-yourself. Writing your Last Will & Testament or Power of Attorney on your own may seem like the easiest thing to do, but could cost you and your family later on. 

Make sure...

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