Estates & Probate
Protect your loved ones assets and honor final wishes
All people need to know two things about estate planning. First, everyone needs an estate plan. Second, do not download it from the Internet. We have seen firsthand the unfortunate consequences that an Internet or homemade estate plan can cost people. When it comes to estates and probates, knowledge and understanding of the legal processes is the key to making sound decisions.
At Long & Long, LLC, we understand end-of-life planning and how it should be handled. Our attorneys have vast experience serving the estate planning and administration as well as probate needs for families throughout the region.
As life progresses, you may be thinking about the loved ones you will leave behind. By planning for the future with our estate planning attorneys, your assets can be well protected for future generations. To avoid having the bulk of your assets consumed by medical and elder care, it is important to seek estate planning counsel. We help our clients understand the issues they must address to preserve their assets and aid families who are struggling with an elderly loved one’s affairs.
If you are the caretaker of an aging loved one or hold power of attorney for an incapacitated loved one, our estate planning attorneys can help you understand your options for managing and conserving the estate’s assets.
Despite the importance of having a will, many people in Pennsylvania still die without one. The same situation can arise if the deceased had a will, but it was lost or is ultimately determined to be invalid. When no valid will can be found, a deceased person’s property must still be distributed and their final affairs resolved. This is done through the estate administration process.
Our estate administration lawyers at Long & Long, LLC help clients manage the estate, provide the required notices to potential beneficiaries, handle any claims against the estate, file tax returns and other required documents and ultimately distribute the estate property. Our knowledge, experience and attention to detail allow us to help you avoid common pitfalls in the estate administration process and bring it to a timely and worry-free conclusion.
Probate is the court-supervised process of validating a deceased person’s will and carrying out its instructions. It begins with the will being presented to the Register of Wills in the appropriate county for authentication. Once the will is deemed authentic, the Register issues letters to the executor that give him or her authority to act as the personal representative of the deceased and manage the estate. If you have recently lost a loved one, selling their home or distributing their property is the last item on your mind. Unfortunately, facing the probate process without qualified legal counsel can be confusing and cause monetary loss for the beneficiaries. Our probate and estate attorneys pay close attention to each estate our clients entrust to us and help ensure the probate process proceeds in an orderly and timely fashion.