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The tax benefits of qualified tuition plans

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

Individuals in Pennsylvania and around the country who are concerned about estate taxes frequently place their assets into irrevocable trusts. However, this strategy has a number of drawbacks. Once an irrevocable trust is in place, the assets placed into it are beyond reach and its terms can only...

Advice for those considering powers of attorney

Posted by Rob Levengood | Mar 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania residents who are 18 or older are encouraged to create a power of attorney document. This document authorizes another party to manage an individual's affairs, and it typically goes into effect when a person becomes incapacitated. However, it can take effect whenever an individual wan...

Why an estate plan may need both a will and a trust

Posted by Rob Levengood | Mar 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Some Pennsylvania residents may assume that trusts are only necessary for the very wealthy. However, many estate owners can benefit from a trust. In fact, some may want to use a will just to appoint an executor and a guardian for minor children. Certain assets, such as retirement accounts, usuall...

When older couples divorce

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

Once couples are through the intense early years of raising young children, caring for a busy household and working a demanding career, it's commonly thought that the likelihood of divorce has passed. They've made it through the hard parts and can now enjoy the fruits of their labor. For many cou...

How to protect assets and avoid probate and estate tax

Posted by Rob Levengood | Feb 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvanians who have large estates can take steps to protect their assets and the beneficiaries who will inherit them. Good estate planning might help to protect assets from judgment creditors and division in divorce. It might also help families to preserve their assets for generations while p...

Common mistakes that people make with estate planning

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

Many Pennsylvania residents do not like to think about dying, and they may put off estate planning as a result. However, planning for the end of life can help people's family members to have an easier time managing a loved one's estate. There are several common mistakes that people should avoid m...

Why people need a prenuptial agreement

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

Pennsylvania couples who are planning to get married need to think beyond the upcoming wedding. As unpleasant as it seems, they also need to think about what would happen to their assets if they were to get divorced. One way to address this concern is to sign a prenuptial agreement. This is espec...

Tax questions can affect a divorce

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

Spouses in the process of a divorce may need to worry about federal and Pennsylvania taxes. Proper planning in the agreement and leading up to it may either reduce or eliminate that burden. This is why it is essential to get professional help in the divorce process. A spouse in the middle of a di...

What business partnership is right for you?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Starting your own business can be an exciting new adventure. When you sign on with a partner, however, it's important to have a partnership agreement in place to protect yourself and your business. But how do you know which one is right for you? Three main types of partnership agreements General...

Tips for splitting retirement accounts in divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Dec 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

One issue that might arise for some couples in Pennsylvania who are getting a divorce is that they need to divide a retirement account. This can be a complex process since these accounts often have rules that must be followed if there is a division because of divorce. First, it is important to kn...

Avoid these common estate executor mistakes

Posted by Rob Levengood | Nov 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Having someone name you as the executor of their estate is an important responsibility. This can be a difficult time, however. If you are still mourning the loss of a loved one, you might not be in the right frame of mind. This could cause you to make mistakes you normally would not have made. Th...

Estate planning and overcoming commonly cited obstacles

Posted by Rob Levengood | Nov 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

Estate planning is a vital part of being prepared for the future. Pennsylvanians undoubtedly understand this, but there are certain times when there is a reluctance to move forward with the process. There are common reasons a person might avoid taking the next step in crafting an estate plan. Fac...

Weighing the pros and cons of a strategic divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Oct 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Before a couple in Pennsylvania decides that a strategic divorce is right for them, it may be wise to weigh both the pros and cons. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act along with proposed wealth taxes from presidential candidates have some people talking about the potential benefits that could come from in...

Know your child custody options

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you and your spouse get a divorce in Pennsylvania, one of the things you have to figure out is who will have custody of your children. At Huckabee, Weiler and Levengood, P.C., we know it is important for you to understand your custody options so you can find the best arrangement for your fam...

Understanding elder financial abuse

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

There are many telephone and online scams going around that aim to fraudulently separate people from their money. Some scams may even be conducted in person. Perhaps you have already been called by someone posing as an agent from the Internal Revenue Service or had someone knock on your door sayi...

How should I pay taxes with my LLC?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Sep 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

As you set up your new business, you will start making multiple decisions about how to run it. As the owner of the business, you will plan the budget, decide on which expenses are necessary, determine the location of the business and much more. But one important decision you will make will be how...

Keys to a healthy divorce

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

When faced with the word divorce, some people in Pennsylvania may only see the long, drawn-out court battles in which each soon-to-be-ex brings up each and every fault of the other while trying to walk away with almost everything. However, divorce proceedings do not have to be so vile and hateful...

What entity choices do you have for your new business?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

As a Pennsylvania entrepreneur, one of the most important decisions you must make is which type of business entity you will choose for your new company. This decision will affect how both you and your company will operate for many years into the future. The Internal Revenue Service reports that y...

How might you breach your fiduciary duty?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Aug 03, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you agree to act as someone's Pennsylvania executor or trustee, you make yourself a fiduciary. Consequently, as FindLaw explains, in everything you do while acting in that capacity, you must put the interests of the estate, trust, heirs and/or beneficiaries ahead of your own interests. It go...

What can you not do with a will?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Writing a last will and testament is a vital part of estate planning, but even so, it is not capable of handling every issue that may arise after you pass away. For various reasons, the law may not recognize some parts of your will, which is why any Pennsylvania resident should be aware of what t...

Should I form a limited liability partnership (LLP)?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jul 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Some Pennsylvania entrepreneurs have special concerns about exposing themselves to liability when starting a new business. If you and a business partner are exploring a way to come together to form a business while limiting your liability exposure, a limited liability partnership is one option to...

Should I set up my business as an LLC?

Posted by Rob Levengood | Jun 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

When you decide to launch your own small business, you have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important, which sometimes is complicated to understand, is considering the legal ramifications of business ownership. If you've done even a little research into it and plan on owning a small b...

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