Forward Thinking Provides More Than Just Peace Of Mind
No matter who you are, the future is never certain. There are, however, actions you can take right now that can help influence the future. With a proper estate plan, you can make decisions that will have an impact on your loved ones for years to come.
Dickson, Gordner & Hess has more than 30 years of experience giving Berwick residents some serenity about their future and their loved ones’ futures through its wills and estate planning services.
Making Informed Choices For Your Estate
At our firm, we see the differences, large and small, between your estate and the estates of your friends and neighbors. Those differences are part of what make you an important member of our community. Those differences also require different approaches when putting together a plan for your estate.
Most estate plans comprise a will, a trust or both. The documents that comprise your estate plan must be custom-fit to the needs of your estate and your vision for your loved ones’ futures.
Wills – A legally binding document that allows you to:
- Designate a family member or individual to address unresolved matters in your estate
- Identify a guardian for your minor children
- Leave property and assets to specific people, causes and organizations
When it comes time for your estate plan to be executed, the will undergoes probate, a legal process in which the court oversees the distribution of your property and the fulfillment of your wishes.
Trusts – A legal agreement that creates a legal entity to maintain your property. In a trust, your estate can bypass the long and often complicated probate process. However, Pennsylvania allows smaller estates to undergo a more streamlined version of probate, so using a trust to avoid probate may not be a necessity.
Trusts focus primarily on a smooth transition of property, so creating a will to address the other aspects of your estate – such as guardianship – might be a prudent addition to your estate planning process.
At our firm, we are committed to providing you with as much information as possible about estate planning and how these documents may suit your unique estate. Our collaborative approach to drafting estate plans gives you as much control over the process as you like so that your estate plan is unequivocally yours.