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What should you know about the probate process?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Oct 08, 2021 | 0 Comments

In Pennsylvania, you might want to know how a loved one's estate is handled after they pass away. Unfortunately, if they lacked a will and didn't properly plan their estate, the estate will go through probate. You should know what happens during the probate process. What is probate? If a person...

Joint custody comes with lots of advantages

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, nearly 30,000 Pennsylvanians got a divorce or annulment in 2020. Of those separations, many navigated the complexities of child custody arrangements. For some folks, the idea of splitting their children's time between two parents seemed untenabl...

Things you can do to make the divorce process easier

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania residents who are about to begin the divorce process might want to avoid a long, costly, emotionally draining battle with their ex-spouse. While some well-meaning friends might share their own negative experiences of the divorce process, there are ways to work towards a more amicable...

What is the role of an executor of a will?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many residents of Pennsylvania find it comforting to create a will. It assures them that their loved ones will receive what they wish them to inherit upon their death. If you have been named executor of someone's will, you will want to know your role. What is the role of an executor? A big part o...

Choosing an executor and other estate planning tasks

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

There are several things that come with being the executor of an estate. It's crucial to select the most qualified person for the job when organizing your estate plan. If you are a Pennsylvania resident and are preparing your will, here are some important things to know about this issue. What to ...

What are the pros and cons of a business partnership?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Throughout their lives, some people decide to go into business for themselves. However, this doesn't mean that everyone wants to open a company on their own. If you're thinking about partnering with someone to form a company in Pennsylvania, here are the pros and cons of entering into a business ...

Why your kids need to know about your estate planning

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Should you just leave the execution of your will to the Pennsylvania probate system? The court will inform your children who will get what. However, this could create a problem. Therefore, more and more adults are sharing their estate planning details with their children. Divorce does more than j...

Irrevocable life insurance trusts to reduce taxes

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Some Pennsylvania families look for any way that they can to reduce their estate taxes. One way to do this is through an irrevocable life insurance trust. While most life insurance policies are not taxable, there are exceptions. These trusts protect large life insurance proceeds from tax obligati...

How divorce could change your estate plan

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Any estate planning lawyer would advise you that you need to update your plan upon major life events. A Pennsylvania divorce is one of those events, and there are certain estate planning steps that you should take when your marriage is ending. Update beneficiaries as necessary One of the most imp...

Relocation and custody post-divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jun 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. That said, child custody issues are still common. One of the biggest issues facing parents after a divorce can be relocation. After a split, moving for a new job opportunity or to be closer to your parents as they age becomes more c...

Comparing an LLC to a corporation

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jun 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

LLCs and corporations are desirable business structures because they protect owners from personal liability. There are several key differences between the two that you should know before choosing a business structure in Pennsylvania. Easier to form The business formation process for an LLC differ...

What are the pros and cons of revocable living trusts?

Posted by Rob Levengood | May 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many Pennsylvania residents know the importance of estate planning. One way to plan your estate is through a revocable living trust, but you'll want to find out if this type of trust is right for your estate. Here are the pros and cons of revocable living trusts. Pros of a revocable living trust ...

Is incapacity planning necessary for you?

Posted by Rob Levengood | May 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania adults are familiar with the fact of creating a will before they pass. However, not many people think about incapacity planning. While it's not a pleasant thought to think about what would happen if you lose your mental facilities, it's one you need to prepare for. What is incapacity...

Benefits of a trust fund for children

Posted by Rob Levengood | May 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

Trust funds are legal entities created to hold assets that will benefit specific people or organizations. People often establish trust funds for their children since the trust fund will keep the assets safe until the children can access the funds. If you live in Pennsylvania and want to know more...

How a divorce can affect your taxes

Posted by Rob Levengood | Apr 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania couples who are entering the divorce process have a lot on their minds. One thing you might not think about is the tax implications of your divorce decisions. Help ensure that you set yourself up for the best chance of avoiding excessive taxes by following the tips below. Take a tax ...

Assessing the benefits of 50/50 child custody

Posted by Rob Levengood | Apr 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

When it comes to constructing a child custody arrangement, Pennsylvania residents need to think about the overall well-being of their children. One of the most commonly used types of physical custody is called a 50/50 custody arrangement. This has many benefits for both the parents and the childr...

How do you form a business partnership?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Mar 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you form a business partnership in Pennsylvania, you may be able to take your business much further than you would have if you worked alone. However, it's also important to make the limits of your partnership clear ahead of time. If you plan for potential legal disputes now, you could avoid a ...

What to know about a will

Posted by Rob Levengood | Mar 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

By creating a will, you obtain greater control over what happens to assets held within your Pennsylvania estate. If you die before creating such a document, state law will determine who receives your car, funds in a bank account or other items that were titled solely in your name. If you have min...

Dividing 401Ks in a divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Mar 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dividing retirement assets in a Pennsylvania divorce is complicated. These assets have an uncertain future value and occasionally an uncertain current value. Tax problems may happen if the money is taken out too early. But leaving the assets be may tie you to your ex-spouse for a long time. With ...

Why an attorney should review your estate plan

Posted by Rob Levengood | Feb 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

It may be possible to obtain a template will, trust or other estate planning document from a Pennsylvania library or government office. You may also be able to download these documents from a government website. However, it's generally in your best interest to have an attorney review these docume...

When a child custody modification may be appropriate

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jan 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you are divorced from your child's other parent in Pennsylvania, you may want to work out any conflicts that you have with that parent without going back to court. However, there are certain situations in which you may need to request a formal child custody modification. Safety issues Courts m...

What makes an heir and a beneficiary different?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jan 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

In Pennsylvania and the rest of the country, there are laws for estate administration that control how people can gain ownership of properties. If you don't understand this process, the first step is to learn the role of an heir and a beneficiary. Can someone interchange both terms? An heir and a...

What are the duties of the executor of an estate?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jan 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

If someone names you the executor of their will in Pennsylvania, it's never too early to start preparing yourself for your duties. You'll be responsible for managing their entire estate, and it's much more complicated than digging up their will and handing it to an attorney. Here's some of the du...

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