Planning For The Future And Administering An Estate

Regardless of your age, having an estate plan in place can help to provide guidance and prevent issues if you pass away or become incapacitated. This is especially necessary if you have young children and want to have a say in who will look after them if something happens to you. However, individuals of all ages and walks of life can benefit from having a comprehensive plan in place. It can save your loved ones time and money in the long run.

At Raphael, Ramsden & Behers, P.C., our attorneys can help you avoid the pitfalls many families face in the event of a sudden illness or death. Whether you need a basic will or a sophisticated set of estate planning documents in place, we will help you prepare to efficiently pass assets to your heirs with minimum taxation, hassle and expense.

We offer comprehensive estate planning services in the Pittsburgh area, Allegheny County and surrounding counties of Western Pennsylvania. Many of our clients are professionals and business owners, and we are knowledgeable about their unique issues in asset protection and contingency planning. Call us toll-free at 412-471-8822 to arrange a consultation.

Estate Planning Essentials For Every Family

Many families throughout the area have turned to our firm for strategic advice on:

  • Wills to dictate who will inherit assets after you pass away. It is important to know which assets can pass through the will and which will pass outside the estate. We can help you outline your wishes in a will and advise you on what your family can expect.
  • Powers of attorney to designate who manages your affairs in the event of a disability or mental incapacity. A power of attorney gives an individual the authority to make financial decisions on your behalf, which can be helpful if you become seriously ill or otherwise unable to make decisions.
  • Health care directives to guide loved ones in making medical decisions on your behalf in the event you are unable to make those decisions yourself due to your incapacity. A medical power of attorney and living will are especially important if you are separated or divorced, a single parent or unmarried and cohabitating.
  • Guardianships for minor children and vulnerable adults. Through a guardianship, you can obtain the authority to make financial or personal decisions for another individual.

Advanced Estate Plans

Our lawyers can establish trusts to avoid probate, reduce or eliminate inheritance taxes, protect assets from creditors, gift assets to heirs or provide for the efficient transfer of a family business. We can also create special needs trusts to provide for a family member with disabilities while preserving government program eligibility. We are familiar with using a variety of sophisticated trusts to accomplish your goals.

Helping You Administer An Estate

Our firm handles all matters relative to probate or estate administration in the death of a loved one, including appointment of an executor or administrator, opening the estate, gathering assets, paying debts and taxes of the estate and distributions to heirs. We aim for the most effective resolution in these sensitive matters

We also represent the estate, beneficiaries, excluded heirs or executors/administrators in will contests and other probate litigation. We work with the family to resolve these sensitive disputes out of court through family settlement agreements whenever possible, but we can capably represent you in legal proceedings.

Raphael, Ramsden & Behers, P.C. is a family law firm providing comprehensive services from marriage and children to wills and probate. Arrange a confidential consultation today at our conveniently located office in downtown Pittsburgh.