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As we age, many of us will begin to wonder what will happen to all of the money and possessions we have accrued throughout our lives when we are no longer around. What was it all for? You might be planning to leave it to your children and grandchildren, or donate a portion to a charity, which are both admirable. But how will your family or the court know exactly how you want it distributed? Simply telling your spouse or one of your kids will not be enough in the eyes of a judge. This is why putting together a versatile estate plan is so vital to having your last wishes met.
If you thought that the word “estate” only applied to those who are wealthy, we’re here to set the record straight: your estate is the sum of all of your assets, which can include homes, finances, property, vehicles, and possessions. In order to have your estate passed on according to your desires, you will need a legally valid estate plan that is recognized by the courts of Pennsylvania. Our firm, Daly Law Offices, has been creating personalized estate plans that meet the unique needs of clients for over 15 years. Call today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how our Emmaus estate planning lawyer can do the same for you.
Who Needs An Estate Plan And Why?
Estate plans are not just for the wealthy or elderly. Anyone with assets they wish to pass on after their death should have an estate plan that clearly outlines those wishes. In doing so, not only do you have a say in how your hard-earned wealth is divided, but you also save your family a great deal of legal and financial stress in a time when they are already mourning your death.
In addition, anyone who has minor children should have an estate plan that includes guardianship designations, which are the documents that express who you want to have custody of your children in the event of a tragedy. Even if you have already told the person you wish to hold this responsibility, it may not be recognized by a judge without legal documentation. You deserve the right to choose that trusted individual, but leaving this matter unsettled risks forcing a court to choose for you.
What Constitutes An Effective Estate Plan?
There are many components that make up an effective estate plan. Our Emmaus estate planning lawyer can explain your options and help you choose the tools that are right for you based on your specific goals. Our priority is to offer the guidance you need to make empowered decisions that give you confidence in the future, and never leave you feeling unsettled or uncertain.
Some possible components of your estate plan may be:
- A will
- A trust
- Guardianship designations
- Power of attorney
- Beneficiary designations
- Advance directives
- And more!
Is An Estate Plan Something I Can Create Myself?
Be wary of internet sites and advertisements for “free DIY” estate planning kits. While it may seem more convenient to try and attempt this on your own without the assistance of an attorney, these forms are often generic and may end up causing more problems than they solve. Don’t risk costing your family thousands of dollars in court costs and other legal fees by using kits that are likely unenforceable because they do not comply with Pennsylvania estate and probate laws. Our Emmaus estate planning lawyer is well-practiced in estate and probate laws, and stays up-to-date with any changes that affect them.
Trust Our Emmaus Estate Planning Lawyer To Protect What Matters Most
For over 15 years, our lead attorney, Joshua N. Daly, has given families the peace of mind they need to be assured their legacies are protected. Tomorrow is never promised, so if you’ve been putting off the important responsibility of building your estate plan, now is the time. Call Daly Law Offices today to schedule your free consultation and learn how we simplify the process!
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Worked together on a relative’s Estate Planning. Very easy to work with and knowledgeable. So glad we chose Josh. Thank you.
Josh we wanted to take a moment to thank you from the 3 of us from the bottom of our hearts. You are a gift and you have such a gift in what you do and they way you actually do it.
A total class act with the perfect personality for your profession. We can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate you and honestly thank so much. And it won’t be the last you see of us. Much Appreciation. The Stine/DiGiovanni family
*We highly recommend Joshua Daly for Elder Law, wills, etc. This is something that people don’t know what can happen when your parents pass away or what to do. Josh helps prevent as much as you legally can the home and assets being taken by elder care home and/or govt.
What a great experience on a subject people don’t like to talk about but is so important. Josh makes this process pleasant. We are recommending Josh to all our friend and family and friends. Everyone should get their ducks in a row. I am glad we met Josh & finally did this!
Thank you Josh
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