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How Your Planning (Or Failure To Plan) Affects Loved Ones

When you are doing your long-term planning and completing a will, one of your top priorities (if not the top priority) should be to document and protect your wishes. However, it is also critical to prioritize your loved ones' welfare as well. 

How to Handle a Decedent's Social Media Accounts After Death

Pennsylvania residents know there are lots of loose ends that need to be tied up after a loved one dies. For example, friends and family need to be notified, funeral arrangements have to be made and wills need to be consulted. However, many people forget to deal with an individual's social media accounts after he or she passes away, which can lead to awkward birthday notifications and other uncomfortable post-death online interactions.

Avoiding probate in Pennsylvania

Probate is designed to ensure that a person's possessions are passed on to the individuals that they were intended to go to. Although this is a good thing, the process is one that is often time consuming and can be very costly. It can take months for a will to go through probate, and this is why many people create estate plans with the purpose of avoiding the process altogether.

Power of attorney for spouses

A power of attorney is a legal document that permits another person to make decisions on the behalf of an incapacitated individual. It is important that married Pennsylvania couples have at least one power of attorney. Having certain types of these documents on hand before a situation arises can ensure that someone they trust will be making any important decisions.

Beneficiary designations and estate plans

Many Pennsylvania estate plans fail to take into account beneficiary designations in an appropriate fashion. These designations play a critical role in the management of assets like insurance policies and retirement funds. Owners of these types of assets should appoint living people as beneficiaries with the exception of benefits intended for organizations like charities.

Control of a parent's estate after death

Sibling rivalries can be frustrating enough during a parent's life, but they can flare up even more after the parents are long gone. Pennsylvania probate courts could play the role of referee in such cases, which could also result in the loss of some of the value of an estate Through court costs and attorney's fees. Parents might believe that appointing a child as the executor of their estate would prevent these issues, but even this situation could facilitate further bickering.

Relatives of Bobbi Kristina Brown fight over estate expenses

Most estate disputes among surviving family members in Pennsylvania do not warrant headlines, but another drama has erupted in the aftermath of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death. The conservator of the estate for the 22-year-old daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston has filed a legal complaint alleging that the co-trustees of a trust established for Ms. Brown have refused to pay for the administrative expenses of the estate.

Understanding the duties of an executor

When Pennsylvania residents are asked to be the executor under a person's will, they may have questions as to what this important duty involves. As there are several important legal responsibilities attached to such a role, people should make sure that they are both willing and capable of performing the variety of tasks.

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