Pennsylvania Elder Law, Trust and Estates Attorneys Helping You Plan
Protecting your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Wiest, Muolo, Noon, Swinehart & Bathgate can help with all aspects of elder law and estate issues, including:
- Estate planning
- Estate tax issues
- Wills drafting
- Powers of attorney
- Medical directives and living wills
- Social Security benefits
- Medicare and Medicaid coverage
- Nursing home and assisted living care
- In-home medical care
Securing your legacy by helping seniors with their legal needs
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. After attentively listening to your wishes, our experienced attorneys thoroughly analyze your estate and plan the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianships for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. Our attorneys assist you in maneuvering through the frustrating red tape of Medicare and Medicaid to ensure you receive the medical care and financial assistance you need if you or your family member were to need nursing home care.
Draft your last will and testament, living will and power of attorney
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet. We cover all the bases so a court doesn’t end up making decisions that might not reflect your desires. We can draft wills that ensure your intentions are honored.
We address your concerns about your future medical care, financial decisions and shepherd you through difficult end-of-life decisions, always respectful of the family, cultural, religious and philosophical reasons for your personal choices. Our attorneys can draft powers of attorney, living wills and medical directives that make certain your intentions will be honored if the time comes when you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself.
Compassionate lawyers guiding seniors through the estate planning process
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Our attorneys draft codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions. You may need nursing home care or financial assistance. Our experienced attorneys guide you though the Medical Assistance process and help you plan for those unforeseen problems in life.
Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.