Estate Planning Attorneys

The plans you make for your family can come unraveled if you do not have an estate plan in place. Issues such as divorce or incapacity can happen to anyone, and without an estate plan that spells out your wishes, your beneficiaries may not receive the assets you want them to have.

At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about estate planning. From our offices in Wyomissing and Lancaster, we represent both individuals and families throughout southern Pennsylvania.

What Is An Estate Plan?

An estate plan consists of legal documents that work together to accomplish the goals you want to achieve. Those documents typically include:

  • Last will and testament: A will is a document that determines who will receive your assets after you die. Your will also names a trusted person who is responsible for carrying out your wishes. If you have minor children, your will can also name a guardian who will care for your children if you and your spouse should both die. If you die without a will, the state will determine who will receive your assets.
  • Power of attorney: Most people go through a period of incapacity before they die. A power of attorney allows you to name a trusted person to speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. Without a power of attorney, your family members would have to go through the time and expense of a guardianship proceeding if you are incapacitated.
  • Living will: A living will (also known as an advance directive for health care) is a written set of instructions for family members and doctors about what care you would like to receive or not receive if you are in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery. Without a living will, the courts may end up deciding issues such as whether you should have a feeding tube installed.

The more complex our lives become, the more important it is to have a well-crafted estate plan. If you have a blended family, your estate plan can prevent your biological children from being disinherited if you should die before your spouse. It can also determine who is responsible for your health care and paying your bills if you are incapacitated.

Our lawyers also handle probate proceedings.

Contact Our Pennsylvania Estate Planning Lawyers

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about wills, powers of attorney or any other aspect of estate planning, call Rowe Law Offices, P.C., at 610-816-0935 (Berks County), 717-345-3208 (Lancaster County), 570-362-6837 (Schuylkill County) or 866-232-1913, or send us an email.