The loss of a loved one can be one of the most emotionally trying times in one's life. Estate Administration and Probate Law is the process of transferring title to assets from someone who has passed away to that person's legal heirs. There are multiple considerations for how one's estate is handled, including whether the person died with a will (Testate) or without a will (Intestate).
Included in the Estate Administration and Probate process
is the proper notification of heirs and the payment of any inheritance taxes that are due to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and perhaps the IRS.
The Estate Administration and Probate process is extremely complicated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and it is not advisable to attempt to maneuver through the requirements of the Orphans' Court without an attorney. Many people believe that their tax accountant can file the necessary paperwork for inheritance taxes, but the process of administering an estate is legal in nature, and should be handled by an attorney.
“Estate Law” is a broad term that encompasses Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and parts of Elder Law. By planning your estate now and making decisions about your assets and your healthcare, you can avoid family disputes and unnecessary payments for skilled nursing home care. More importantly, you can ensure your assets are passed to the loved ones that you choose.
Proper planning can make sure that your assets are left to your loved ones upon your passing and protect your money from unnecessarily being paid for nursing home care. The attorneys at MDDC Law Office
create comprehensive estate plans that protect your assets and assure that your wishes for your medical treatment are carried out as you direct.