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Wills, Trusts and Estates

It is important to understand that creating means of protecting one’s assets and wishes through wills, trusts and estate planning is important not just for the senior population, but for newlyweds, new parents and individuals of all ages. Wills, trusts and estate planning can be sensitive, difficult topics for individuals and families to address. However, estate planning and administration plays a crucial role in preserving and transferring assets, as well as seeing that an individual’s wishes are carried out.

The Pennsylvania attorneys of Willig, Williams & Davidson provide thoughtful counseling and representation in a wide range of wills, trusts and estates matters including:

  • Estate probates and administration
  • Guardianship
  • Health care directives / living wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements (handled by our domestic relations attorneys)
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Willig, Williams & Davidson’s wills, trusts and estates capabilities do not stop at document preparation and the provision of legal advice. Our attorneys in PA also provide representation both in and out of the courtroom in matters such as guardianship litigation, trust disputes, will contests and other probate litigation and related concerns.

Our dedicated lawyers treat each client’s matter as the unique situation that it is. We will take the time to discuss your wishes and needs, evaluate your assets and circumstances, and explain the various tools available to you to carry out your intentions. From preparing routine documents to addressing complex problems to advising executors, we will be with you every step of the way.

Every matter is important to us, and we understand how crucial your legal concerns are to you. Our goal is to help you achieve your objectives, and to make sure that you feel confident and well-informed throughout the process. If you are in need of wills, trusts and/or estates services, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Wills, Trusts and Estates: Resources

  • Intestate Succession in PA - The Importance of Preparing a Last Will & Testament
    October 20, 2017
    Clients frequently ask what will happen to their assets when they die, and the usual response is what happens to an asset will depend on the type of asset involved. There are two types of assets: probate assets and non-probate assets. Each is treated differently under Pennsylvania law.
  • The Importance of Powers of Attorney
    October 20, 2017
    The importance of preparing powers of attorney when one is capable and competent to do so cannot be overstressed. As a rule, most lawyers recommend two different powers of attorney – One for financial and one for health care.
  • What Is Probate (And Do I Have To Do It)?
    February 27, 2015
    Probate is the procedure by which an estate is opened when a person passes away. The mere fact that a person has a will does not necessarily mean that the will must be probated and an estate opened. 
  • Updating Your Will? Don't Forget Your Pets!
    October 6, 2014
    When creating a Last Will and Testament keep in mind your most precious belongings, your pets, and perhaps consider creating a pet trust, depending on your situation.  


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Can a Will Require Pets to be Euthanized After the Owner Dies? Estate Law in PA
By Kathleen M. Tana Recently, a young lawyer was contacted by a client with a question. The client was a newly graduated veterinarian who had been approached with a request to euthanize two healthy dogs. The request was pursuant to a provision in the deceased owner’s will. The owner had just died and his will...


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