Montgomery County Estate Litigation Lawyers
Ready to Protect Your Best Interests & Wishes
Many people have a limited view about what estate planning can do for them. Estate planning does not have to be confined to the events that happen following death. It can also provide protection to you, your family and your assets if you become incapacitated and are unable to make decisions. However, it is not uncommon for family members to fight over an estate, which is why it may be necessary to hire an experienced estate litigation lawyer.
At Solomon, Berschler, Campbell & Thomas, P.C., we want your estate plan to provide comprehensive protection and ensure your wishes are properly carried out. With more than 40 years of experience, our Montgomery County estate litigation attorneys can create and administer estates for clients in Norristown and throughout the area.
What is the Estate Administration Process in Pennsylvania?
Administration of an estate can be a complicated and difficult process. After the death of an individual, a deceased person’s assets must be distributed by means of proper estate administration. If the estate is not properly administered, the personal representative of the estate could be subject to liability.
Through the process of estate administration, the legally appointed personal representative of the Estate can work through all these matters. The administration of an estate involves several steps, including:
- Appointment of the Personal Representative by the Register of Wills
- Notifying to beneficiaries and interested parties
- Advertising the Estate to unknown creditors
- Marshalling the Decedent’s assets
- Preparing an inventory of the Decedent’s assets
- Filing all appropriate death and income tax returns
- Settling all debts of the Decedent
- Distribute the assets to beneficiaries
- Closing the Estate by formal adjudication or informal settlement.
Our legal team can help you navigate through the complex legal rules regarding administering an estate while best preserving the estate and protecting your interests.
What is Power of Attorney?
Durable power of attorney (POA) is a document that gives an individual of your choice the right to make important decisions on your behalf if you are not able to make them on your own because you have suffered a serious injury or illness. The individual may make financial decisions on your behalf and handle your monetary affairs. For example, he or she may have the right to cash checks and pay your bills if you are unable to do so.
There is a specific type of power of attorney called health care power of attorney. The individual named in this document will have the right to make important medical decisions on your behalf, including making decisions about treatment options. Health care power of attorney may work in conjunction with advance health care directives.
Our lawyers will help you review the various candidates and help you determine the individual whom you would like to entrust in your POA document. This is a complex decision, and our experience means we can guide you toward the one that makes sense for you.