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Positive steps for navigating a divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Dec 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

A divorce is one of the most stressful life events a person can experience, but for people going through a divorce in Pennsylvania, there are several strategies for staying mentally and emotionally healthy that can help. This is important not just for your overall well-being but also so that you ...

How to develop an effective parenting plan

Posted by Rob Levengood | Dec 21, 2020 | 0 Comments

Divorced parents in Pennsylvania that can successfully co-parent are doing their children a huge favor. While the situation may not be easy, your children will benefit from maintaining their relationships with both parents. To make the arrangement work, divorcing parents should develop a parentin...

Most Americans lack an estate plan

Posted by Rob Levengood | Nov 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently, Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman passed away from cancer. It was shocking to everyone in Pennsylvania and elsewhere that he died so young. Like many Americans, Boseman had no will. Without documents outlining his wishes about his estate, his widow has had to go to probate court. When peo...

Components of estate planning

Posted by Rob Levengood | Nov 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many individuals in Pennsylvania understand the importance of estate planning. Simply put, estate planning is the process of deciding how your assets will be distributed if you're unable to manage them yourself and who will receive your assets upon your death. Estate planning isn't just for the w...

How divorce can affect a business

Posted by Rob Levengood | Oct 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Divorces are very common in Pennsylvania and around the country. Nationally, about 50% of marriages end in divorce. While most people understand the broad contours of that process, there are some nuances that can complicate it. For example, anyone who owns a business or works at a family business...

Why couples in Pennsylvania may want a prenup

Posted by Rob Levengood | Oct 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

While many couples view prenuptial agreements as “pessimistic,” signing one could be a wise decision that protects an individual's assets in the case of a divorce. Without a prenup, their assets might be seized and divided up against their wishes. Here's how signing a prenuptial agreement can pro...

How an executor’s death affects estate management

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

Everyone in Pennsylvania should understand why estate planning is important. It's not a task that should be reserved for the rich; all adults should have a basic estate plan in place even if they don't own many assets. That's especially true for people who have dependents. For example, writing a ...

How to approach money issues in a blended family

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

It is generally a good idea to have a money talk with your future spouse before your Pennsylvania wedding takes place. This is especially true if you or your spouse have been married before or have children from previous relationships. Provide as much detail as possible Ideally, you will create a...

Petitioning to remove an executor in Pennsylvania

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Pennsylvania residents prepare their wills, they normally designate trusted individuals to serve as the executors of their estates. Executors have several important fiduciary duties and must act in the best interests of the' heirs. Unfortunately, some executors do not uphold their duties. Wh...

What are the different types of estate planning?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

While most people living in Pennsylvania think of estate planning as something that should be done in their 60s, many young adults in their 20s and 30s can benefit from having a solid estate plan. In the unlikely event that something catastrophic happens, an estate plan ensures that their assets ...

How limited liability companies are viewed by the IRS

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

When Pennsylvania entrepreneurs start new businesses, choosing an appropriate legal entity structure is important. One type of legal entity structure that is popular among business owners is a limited liability company. An LLC limits the liability of the owners so that their personal assets are s...

Financial tips for getting through a divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Divorce can be stressful in many ways, including financially. People in Pennsylvania who are going through a divorce can do things that will help them reduce some of the financial strain. They may want to hire a financial professional to help them through the process. People who have not been ver...

How to choose a trustee or executor for an estate plan

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

One estate planning task that some people in Pennsylvania may struggle with is choosing the right executor or trustee. There are a number of factors that should be taken into account, including the age and health of the individual. Ideally, an executor or trustee should be someone who is likely t...

Balance is key to work life while divorcing

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jun 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Going through a divorce is among the most stressful experiences a person can endure. It can be extraordinarily taxing emotionally, mentally and financially. According to some evaluative studies, the stress of divorce is second behind the death of a loved one. In Pennsylvania, many divorcing peopl...

A billionaire moves his money before a divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | May 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

A Pennsylvania divorce will involve a division of the marital estate to give each spouse their share that has either been agreed upon or ordered by the court. However, when one spouse under-reports property by decreasing the valuation or even moving it out of the marital estate, the other spouse ...

How to keep and pay for a home after divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania is an equitable distribution state, meaning that marital property acquired during marriage gets divided “fairly” by a judge if the parties cannot come to an agreement. Of course, some assets are easier to divide than others. A marital home can be among the most challenging items of p...

An alternative co-parenting custody schedule

Posted by Rob Levengood | Apr 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Estranged Pennsylvania parents usually pursue a 50/50 equal division of physical child custody. After a divorce, this may take the form of the every-other-week schedule. Children live with one parent for a week and then switch to the other parental household the next week. However, younger childr...

Powers of attorney may provide important protection

Posted by Rob Levengood | Apr 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

When people in Pennsylvania develop an estate plan, they may think first of a will to distribute their assets after they pass away. However, there are other important documents that can work as part of a comprehensive plan that can also protect people's interests in case they are incapacitated. A...

Types of power granted by POAs

Posted by Rob Levengood | Apr 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

While it's not a pleasant thought, Pennsylvanians should take the time to plan for the possibility that they might become incapacitated and need someone else to make decisions for them. Many people are seriously injured in accidents, and others are disabled by illnesses. Having durable powers of ...

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