Wills, Trusts And Estates

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time and, for many, the difficulty is increased by the obligations imposed upon them by the uncertainty of how the probate process works. Your Lehighton estate attorney at Rapa Law Office can help. Simply call our office and we will explain the process, as well as your rights and duties. In some cases, it is not necessary to hire an attorney, but should the need arise, we can provide you with competent and courteous service. In addition, our law firm can help you deal with estate planning, advanced health care directives (Living Wills) and powers of attorney.

Each state has its own very unique and specific estate laws and will and probate requirements. If your primary domicile changes, it is imperative to get sound legal advice in your new state of residence. The executor or administrator of a will and/or estate must follow precise steps and procedures in order to have the will properly probated. It may be to your advantage to retain an attorney for assistance and it will often be cost-effective. Our Lehighton estate lawyer can assist you with a free consultation.

If you wish to determine how your belongings are distributed to family, friends or charities, then it is best that you have a will. Otherwise, the proceeds of your estate will be distributed pursuant to state law rather than as you desire. If you have items such as art, antiques, or jewelry, whether or not they are particularly valuable, you should have a will so that these items go to the person you want to receive them. If you are married and have jointly-held assets such as a home or bank account, then the co-owner automatically becomes sole owner of the assets. If you have questions feel free to contact our Lehighton estate lawyer for a free consultation.

The more assets you have, the more important it is that you execute a will, using your tax attorney, estate planning attorney, and any other trusted financial advisors that you have. Multiple residences and out-of-country assets are just two of the many other factors to consider. You would be surprised how many people of means die intestate (without a will).

Planning for the future of your minor children, grandchildren, or disabled relatives is another area of estate law that certainly requires legal assistance. Your Lehighton estate attorney at Rapa Law Office will work with you and for you every step of the way.

If you're interested in finding more about Rapa Law Office and our Lehighton Estate Attorney, please contact us at info@rapalegal.com or call us at 610.377.7730.