9 Tips to Get Your Will and Estate Planning in Order in 2023

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney As 2022 draws to a close, it's time to think about new year resolutions. And one of the best resolutions you can make is to update your Estate Plan. Whether you're writing your first Will or updating an Estate Plan for the twentieth time, there is a long list of considerations. Here are nine tips to get you started. Create…

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Why Parents at all Income Levels Should Understand What a Trust is and When to Create one

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney The term “Trust” has traditionally been associated with very wealthy individuals. For example, “Trust fund babies” refers to people who have inherited large fortunes. But Trusts provide a range of practical benefits and can be used by parents in almost any income bracket. Anyone with children under the age of 18 or who is responsible for people with special…

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Nine Things to Consider When Creating a Last Will and Testament in PA

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Creating a comprehensive Will isn’t always simple or straightforward. While online Wills have become more popular in recent years, they rarely provide counsel on the best ways to assign guardians, how to help heirs avoid estate taxes, or protect current ownership. When Going and Plank helps create or revise a Last Will and Testament, we review many aspects of…

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Power of Attorney: Learn What it is, Why You Need it, And What’s Different in Pennsylvania.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Discussing the power of attorney can be a complex topic. Many people don’t want to think about the possibility that they could be mentally or physically incapable of managing their own affairs. It is much easier to hope that there will never be a day where others have to make decisions about their health, finances, and legal matters. But…

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Wills and Estate Planning in Lancaster County can be Confusing. Understanding Common Legal Terms can Help.

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney While most people want to care for their loved ones when they are alive, providing for them after death is equally important. A well-designed estate plan can do precisely that. When someone dies without an estate plan, it can have unintended consequences for those left behind, including financial loss, legal problems, and family disputes. A sound estate plan assigns…

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