Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Estate Planning Lawyers
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Brooklyn Law School and St. John's University School of Law
Founded in 1954, we have provided excellence in legal services to businesses and individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for more than six decades.
The attorneys at Martson Law Offices serve clients facing legal issues related to a wide range of subjects including business and transactional matters; estate planning and asset preservation; debt collection and creditors’ rights; real estate and land use; litigation; personal injury; workers’ compensation; alternative dispute resolution; family law, including divorce, custody, support and adoption; municipal law, zoning, and development; criminal defense and expungements.
Dauphin County Estate Planning Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services
YWCA of Harrisburg Domestic Violence Legal Center
Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
Planning your estate?
Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.
An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.
Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.
Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.
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