Plan For Your Future And Your Family

Estate planning is essential for your family's future. Having an estate plan in place ensures that your wishes are carried out after you have passed away. If you don't have a plan in place, your family will be left to figure it out, which can be difficult and confusing. The team at Skala Miller, PLLC, Attorneys at Law, can help you arrange all the moving pieces into a plan. It will give both you and your family peace of mind.

Wills, Living Wills, Trusts: The Basics

Establishing an estate plan is not as easy as filling out a single form. There are several elements that an estate plan can include, which may vary depending on your circumstances.

  • Wills: After you have passed away, a will details what should happen to your estate and possessions. It lists individuals who will receive specific property as well as explain any instructions you may have. We can help you set up a will and can also assist if you believe you have grounds for contesting a will.
  • Living wills: A living will is useful for explaining your health care preferences. You will be able to explain the medical treatment you wish to receive under certain circumstances. You can also identify a health care power of attorney who will make medical decisions on your behalf.
  • Trusts: Depending on your assets and goals, you may wish to set up a trust to manage property and avoid certain taxes. There are many different types of trusts, and setting them up properly requires an attorney with considerable knowledge and experience in this area. Our team has years of experience handling these types of issues and can provide you with the guidance you need.
  • Powers of attorney: Powers of attorney can apply to matters of health care, finances and legal matters. A power of attorney identifies specific persons to make decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated.
  • Guardianships: A guardian is someone who is appointed to make legal decisions for someone who cannot make those decisions on their own. Guardianships may apply to minor children if both parents pass away or are otherwise unable to care for them. Guardianships can also apply to anyone who is incapacitated through a physical or mental disability, including through their advanced age. If you believe a loved one is in need of a guardian, contact our experienced attorneys today.

Probate And Estate Administration

After a person dies, even if they have a plan in place, there still remains the work of distributing assets and otherwise settling the person's estate. If the person who passed away did not have a will — otherwise known as intestate — this process will proceed through probate. Our firm can help facilitate the probate or estate administration process to ensure that your loved one's wishes are followed as closely as possible, and that all aspects of the person's estate are settled fairly.

Contact A Lawyer For Estate Planning Help

While it can be difficult to think about death, it is a reality we all must face, and it is good to have a plan in place when you need it. Contact our office in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, today to begin the process of setting up all the legal documents you need to ensure your family is protected. Call us today for a free consultation at 724-221-3181 or fill out our contact form.