Wills, trusts and living wills are part of the law known as estate planning, an area that requires judgment and skills acquired only through professional training and experience. Do-it-yourself kits might seem easy, but they may not fully comply with Pennsylvania law. The Hazleton attorneys at the Slusser Law Firm have extensive knowledge regarding wills and estate planning.
When it comes to making sure that you and your loved ones receive the finest legal work in estate planning, call the Slusser Law Firm. Our team has years of experience in not only drafting complicated documents, but also in guiding you through potential pitfalls and in helping you consider difficult decisions.
Estate planning is something every adult should seriously consider.
A will helps you put your affairs in order so that when you die, your intentions regarding your finances, home, and other assets and possessions are known and legally completed. It may also lay out your intentions regarding custody of your minor children. If you do not have a will, the courts will divide your assets according to a specific formula and your minor children may be placed in the care of a court-appointed guardian who was never chosen by you.
A trust is a legal entity that can manage your assets (bank accounts, securities, your house, etc.) while you are living and to help your heirs manage their inheritance after your death. There are several different kinds of trusts, so it is important you learn which trust is right for you.
A living will is a legal document that a person uses to make known his or her wishes regarding life-prolonging medical treatments. It can also be referred to as an advance directive, healthcare directive, or a physician's directive. It is important to have a living will as it informs your healthcare providers and your family about your desires for medical treatment in the event you are not able to speak for yourself. Generally, a living will describes certain life-prolonging treatments. You indicate which treatments you do or do not want in the event you either suffer from a terminal illness or are in a permanent vegetative state. A living will is only used when your ultimate recovery is hopeless.
For situations in which you are incapacitated and not able to speak for yourself but your health is not so dire that your living will becomes effective, a healthcare power of attorney or healthcare proxy is particularly useful.
This is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to make healthcare decisions for you in the event you are incapacitated.
To navigate these complicated areas, you need to call the Slusser Law Firm. Don’t rely on cookie-cutter forms. Work with an experienced attorney to make sure you and your loved ones are protected. Contact the estate planning attorneys at the Slusser Law Firm in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, today.