Will Lawyer in Perry County, PA
Save time, money, and stress with help from a Will lawyer.
A will lets you decide what happens to your estate when you die. You probably don’t want your loved ones to have confusion surrounding your last wishes. A will makes the process much simpler, avoiding the time, cost, and stress of probate.
Attorney Timothy Czekaj helps you create a Last Will and Testament that accurately reflects your final wishes. He can also help if you are a personal representative trying to navigate the probate process.
What Is a Will?
Make sure your final wishes are respected.
A will is a legal document that contains how you want to distribute your money, property, and other assets after you pass. This prevents your family from spending a lot of time, money, and emotional energy dividing up your estate.
Who Should Have a Will?
Attorney Czekaj advises that every adult, particularly adults with minor children, should have a current and valid will.
Most Americans Don’t Have a Will
Yet, despite these advantages and an ongoing global pandemic, most Americans are not prepared with a Will, living trust, or other estate planning tool. According to a recent estate planning study by Caring.com, only one-third of American adults have a will.
What Should Be Included in Your Will?
A will should include your instructions and information that encompasses everything and everyone important to you. Let us identify and inventory your assets to determine which should be in your will and what should go into a Trust to lessen or reduce potential taxes.
Your Life, Your Will, Your Choice:
- Select an Executor to manage, distribute, and settle your estate
- Choose your beneficiaries
- Determine your children’s legal guardian
- Make sure your pets get a new home
- Reduce or eliminate the need for probate
- Leave a legacy through charitable contributions
- List your instructions for your funeral, cremation, or burial
Once you have a will, Attorney Czekaj recommends that you review it every so often. Should you divorce, remarry, or have a beneficiary pass away, you might need to make a few revisions.
Wills & Probate
Having a will makes the probate process easier on your loved ones.
Probate is the legal process of assessing, dividing, and distributing your estate to your heirs or beneficiaries. This process also includes validating a Will to determine that it is legal and authentic. When a will is validated, settling the estate goes to the named Executor within the will.
Dying Without a Will
When someone in Pennsylvania dies without a will, the probate court divides your estate through an appointed Personal Representative. The state also makes decisions regarding the custody of minor children.
Simplified Probate Process
Pennsylvania has a simplified probate process for estates with $50,000 or less in assets. This sum does not include real property, assets that family members may collect without probate (such as life insurance policies), and money dedicated to final expenses.
Assets Exempt from Probate
- Assets in a living trust, including real estate
- Life insurance policies
- Retirement funds, such as a 401(k) or IRA
- Securities labeled transfer on death
- Property or bank accounts labeled payable-on-death
- Property held through joint tenancy or tenancy by the entirety
Why Consult a Will Lawyer?
Remove the guesswork when you want to make a will.
A will attorney understands the complexities of state law. You want to make passing assets to your heirs as trouble-free as possible. There are also essential tax advantages when an attorney creates a Trust that holds all your assets.
Attorney Czekaj creates a will based on your goals and objectives. Our firm has earned a reputation for helping clients through the probate process as smoothly as possible while complying with state law.
Emotions run high when a loved one dies. Let us help you avoid disputes among your heirs by writing a will that reflects and respects your last wishes.
Wills and Estate Planning Services
Czekaj Law offers wills and estate planning services, including:
- Probate and Administration of wills
- Power of Attorney
- Advanced Medical Directives
- Living Trusts
Call Czekaj Law Today for a Free Consultation about Your Will
The last thing you want to leave your loved ones with is a legal mess in which no one knows or understands your wishes. A Will lawyer in Perry County is ready to help.
Call Czekaj Law, LLC today for a free initial consultation at 717-275-9770.