Estate Planning Attorneys

Your Legacy Should Include An Estate Plan

We all leave our loved ones a legacy. Ideally, part of the legacy you leave is the gift of direction in the event of illness, incapacity or death and carefully considered, thoughtful guidance on the distribution and management of the assets you own.

A carefully crafted estate plan is a vital part of safeguarding your family's financial well-being. It provides power to execute your wishes if you become incapacitated. It is especially important when you want to minimize tax burdens, control the disposition of a family business or other valuable assets. Just as importantly, it discourages conflict among heirs and avoids the anguish of indecision and second-guessing when loved ones must make vital decisions on your behalf.

Our attorneys can also assist you in preparing for your golden years, including planning related to Medicaid/Medicare issues, retirement, and long-term care needs. Of particular concern is the 5-year 'look back rule' that applies when an individual is applying for Medicaid benefits, and obtaining sound legal advice can be critical. An estate plan can be simple and straightforward or require a more complex approach. In either case, our clients will benefit from our unique qualifications and deep financial experience. A CPA with years of experience in the financial industry, attorney Kathleen D. Schneider brings a rare depth of perspective and insight to her legal practice.

The DOMA Decision Affects Estate Planning For LGBT Families

The 2013 Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act in the Windsor Case has radically changed the legal landscape for same-sex couples in estate planning matters. This is especially important given that Pennsylvania does not recognize same-sex marriage. Our estate planning attorneys can help you create an estate plan that protects your rights, taking into account evolving state and federal laws.

Our estate planning lawyers can help you figure out your most important estate planning goals and work with you to develop a strategy tailored to your situation using wills, trusts and powers of attorney to accomplish your objectives.

Contact An Allegheny County Lawyer

In private practice since 1995, we are a small, approachable firm with the experience to handle your matters with authority. Ours is not a law firm with marble floors. You will feel comfortable when you walk in and confident when you leave.

When you have questions about estate planning or administering decedent's estates, our attorneys have answers. Call us at 412-342-8577, toll free at 800-590-4606, or contact us online to arrange a consultation.

We serve clients in Pittsburgh, Edgewood Borough, Regent Square, Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland, Murrysville and the surrounding areas.