New Year’s Resolution: It’s 2021. Do You Have Your Will and Estate Plans in Place?

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney January marks the beginning of a new year. It's an excellent time for people in Lancaster County to start tackling that list of essential tasks that they have been putting off. And some of the most critical things listed should be writing a Will, assigning Power of Attorney, and creating or updating your estate plan. While many online programs help…

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Estate Planning: Legal Terms You Need to Know

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney We all want to take care of our loved ones while we are alive but taking care of them after we're gone is just as important. A solid estate plan can help you do just that. Dying without a last will and testament and estate plan can have unwanted consequences for those left behind, including financial losses and legal…

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Why New Parents Need to Think About Wills and Estate Planning

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Expectant parents make many plans in the months before childbirth, from furnishing and decorating a nursery to buying clothes and gear for the new baby. They start budgeting for the extra expenses of an expanding family, and they may even start saving for education. Unfortunately, one thing often left out of those plans is a last will and testament.…

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Understand the Power of Power of Attorney in Pennsylvania

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney No one wants to think about power of attorney, or a time where they may be physically or mentally unable to manage their own affairs. We'd like to think we will always be able to handle our finances or make wise decisions regarding our health. The reality is we can't always see into the future. While we sometimes experience…

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Prepare for the New Normal: Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, and Living Wills

By?Angela M. Ward, Attorney Whenever the news reports health threats around the globe, it's natural to wonder what would happen to you and your family if you became suddenly ill or passed unexpectedly. While events like the COVID-19 crisis are thankfully rare, they can remind us of the importance of being prepared. More than half? of Americans don't have a Will. Why not take…

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The Importance of a Will for Young Parents in Pennsylvania?

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney When we're young, we think of death as something in our far distant future. But the reality is that death can happen at any time, and it presents a specific set of challenges for young parents. Like all states, Pennsylvania has its own set of laws outlining how an estate will pass to heirs when a person dies without…

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