Your Complete Guide to Estate Planning – CHAPTER 7
As we’ve established throughout earlier chapters in our Complete
Guide to Estate Planning, the prospect of probating a friend or family
member’s estate can be scary.
There are many steps involved in opening
probate, determining whether you’ll be required to undertake the formal
process (versus Pennsylvania’s simplified probate process for estates with
assets totaling less than $50,000), and then moving through the appropriate
version of the process itself.
Very complex estates may remain in probate for years. And while the good news is that these
situations tend to be few and far between, taking a DIY approach to probating
an estate of any size is not often a good idea. You can save yourself
frustration and time by consulting with an experienced probate and
Our previous blog post outlining the phases of probate
in Pennsylvania—and what you can expect as you move through this legal
process—is a must-read if you’ve recently been placed in a
fiduciary role as a personal representative for a friend or family member’s
But how do you make even a lengthy probate process as painless
as possible? Today’s post offers a few important steps you can take to survive
probate with minimal frustration.Continue reading “What is Probate When It Comes to Estate Planning”
It’s a sad truth—nursing home neglect is far more common than the headlines about the worst abuse cases and tragedies would have us believe. The National Council on Aging estimates that 1 in 10 Americans who are age 60 and over have experienced some form of abuse, such as negligent nursing care, but only 1 in every 14 cases ever gets reported.
And there are many seemingly small infractions that you may
not have even considered—a missed meal here or there, minor falls, a medication
mistake once in a while—which can constitute nursing
home negligence. These little problems and other under-the-radar abuses
tend to build up and should not be ignored by loved ones of individuals living
in nursing homes, assisted living/personal care facilities, and larger
Today’s post takes a closer look at what friends and family
of nursing home residents—as well as residents themselves—should be concerned
about within long-term care environments.
We’ll touch on a few things to be paying attention for that
could signal neglect and abuse of a care facility resident. Additionally, we’ll
tell you what to do to in response. Even if you’re not entirely sure whether
something is wrong, it is wise to be overly cautious and ensure that your or
your loved one’s nursing facility is following the law. One of your best
resources for doing so are highly experienced personal injury attorneys.Continue reading “Nursing Home Neglect: What Are Victims’ and Loved Ones’ Options?”
LANCASTER, PA. (August 24, 2019) –
May, May & Zimmerman (MMZ), a
client-focused general law firm in Lancaster County, Pa., is excited to
announce their recent expansion in the practice area of personal injury law.Continue reading “May, May & Zimmerman Expanding Practice into Personal Injury Law”
Your Complete Guide to Estate Planning – CHAPTER 6
As the digital age advances and more elements of our lives
move online, a trending question in modern estate planning is how to
manage an individual’s intangible, electronic assets like their web presence
and contents of various online accounts once they have passed away.
It’s true that some of these so-called digital assets can
pass through your
last will to your family members and other heirs, but there are many more
that you don’t actually own the rights to. Yet, these other types of accounts
still often need to be handled in some way—archived, deactivated, deleted—so
that data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
Today’s post highlights a few things you need to think about
your digital life as you work through the entire estate planning process
covered in our ongoing blog series, Your
Complete Guide to Estate Planning.Continue reading “Estate Planning Considerations for Your Digital Assets”
What is personal injury law?
Every member of our community has a duty to exercise
reasonable care to prevent harming others.
When we fail to exercise reasonable care (e.g. choosing to send text
messages while driving) and as a result, another person is injured, the person
who failed to exercise reasonable care is responsible for the harm caused. Personal injury or “tort”
law exists to enable those who have been hurt to seek compensation for their
financial losses and pain and suffering from the persons or companies responsible
for the injuries.
The object of Pennsylvania’s tort law is to modify behavior
by imposing the financial risk on the party in the best position to prevent the
harm. Personal injury / tort claims are part of the civil justice system, which
basically means that personal injury cases are separate from any related
criminal cases, and only deal with harms and losses or injuries to person or
Seeking compensation through personal injury law means more
than just filing a lawsuit. The legal rules and the knowledge of attorneys experienced
with injury law also shape the investigation of the claims and the process of
settlement negotiations.Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Personal Injury Law”
Your Complete Guide to Estate Planning – CHAPTER 5
Though drafting your last will—the central
document in estate planning—here in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may
seem complicated at first, our home state actually has few solid requirements
for what a will must look like. This doesn’t mean, of course, that you should scribble
yours on a bar napkin and sign it with a purple marker you found.
Your goal should be to create a clear and unquestionably
valid document that allows your loved ones to administrate
your estate with ease after you’re gone—your will is essentially a gift to
your friends and family in this way. And working with an experienced probate
and estates attorney on all of your estate planning matters
is the best way to accomplish that goal.
This chapter in our Complete
Guide to Estate Planning offers a few tips that will help you write and
maintain (that’s right—this document is not a “set it and forget it” kind of
thing) a solid last will and testament that accomplishes your wishes while
pitfalls.Continue reading “Tips For Crafting Your Last Will & Testament in Pennsylvania”