Category Archives: Wills

Same Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania

Same sex marriages have been legally recognized in Pennsylvania since May 20, 2014, as a result of a decision of a U.S. District Court Judge. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges established a constitutional right to marriage for same-sex couples. These decisions have had a broad impact […]

What is a Living Will

The term “living will” is a little misleading. A will is a document that determines how property is to be divided after someone dies. A living will is entirely different. The purpose of a living will is to allow a person to express, in advance, their desires concerning medical treatment should they be in a […]

Do I Need to Establish A Trust

Trusts are used for a variety of purposes. For some wealthy individuals, a trust can be used to minimize the impact of the federal estate tax. For more than 99% of us, the federal estate tax isn’t a problem; estates that are less than $5,450,000 (for estates of persons dying in 2016) will not have […]

What Will Happen To Prince’s Estate?

According to news reports, Prince died without a will. The probate court has appointed a bank to administer his estate. Several persons have claimed to be his children: DNA testing is being done. If no valid will is found, the laws of his State will determine who inherits. If he had any children, they will […]

Do I Need A Will?

There are a number of reasons to make a will: A will allows you to decide who will inherit your property, and who will carry out your intentions. Arrangements can be made to appoint a guardian or trustee for your minor children. If an individual dies in an accident, the Executor of their will is […]