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Wills in Pennsylvania

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Most of us do not take the time to seriously consider death until either when you are much older, or when it is too late. One of the most important things to do for you and your family before you die is to create a will. Not only can a will protect your loved ones and assets, but it can also detail how your estate, funeral costs, and medical expenses should be handled in the event of your passing or you become incapacitated.

If you are interested in drafting a will, our Pittsburgh estate planning attorneys at Marks Elder Law help you draft a will that can protect your future and family. We can sit down with you, listen to your concerns, and create a will that addresses your needs and the needs of your loved ones.

Why You Should Create a Will

A will is a legal document that spells out your wishes regarding how your assets are distributed and other responsibilities of the household. To ensure your desires are enacted, the will must be written down and signed by you and another witness.

The following are the benefits of drafting a written will:

  • You determine how your estate will be distributed – Remember, without a will, the court will determine who your assets are distributed amongst your family members. A valid will in place will determine “who gets what” and minimizes any heated disputes your family members will have about your estate. You must also name an “executor” in your will, which is someone who will help ensure your wishes are carried out.
  • You decide who will be the guardian(s) of your minor children – You can nominate a guardian to care for your kids on your will. If you pass away without establishing a guardian on your will, the court will determine who will take care of your children.
  • You protect your business – If you own a company, you can determine who will be the heirs or co-owners of your business when you pass away. When it comes to a family-owned business, a lack of estate planning can most likely result mean the end.
  • You can contribute to charity or make donations – Besides distributing your assets amongst your spouse, children, and other loved ones, a will can also be used for giving back to the community through donations and charity contributions. Additionally, making a certain amount of donations can increase the value of your estate, which means more for family members to enjoy.
  • You can help loved ones avoid a time-consuming probate process – Since the court will decide the distribution of your estate without a will, this could make probate a lengthy process. By contrast, having a will speeds up this process because it details how you’d like your estate to be divided.
  • Give your loved ones peace of mind – Losing you could be incredibly hard for your loved ones to deal with. The last thing they want to do is deal with lawyers and other family members. With a will in place, you and the rest of the family can just grieve in peace.

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Not only does our Pittsburgh estate planning lawyers understand who to create a valid will, but we can also protect your rights and best interests if disputes occur. There are some occasions when family members formally object to the validity of your will, which is why we can defend valid wills from wrongful challenges. Do not hesitate to let Marks Elder Law help you develop a valid and personalized estate plan.

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