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Attorney Matthews Offers Continuing Education on Estate Planning


Recently, Guy F. Matthews, attorney at Eckell Sparks, led the Estate Planning 101 seminar sponsored by the Retirement Prosperity Group. Mr. Matthews offered guidance on wills, trusts, probate, powers of attorney, and more to a standing room only crowd. As part of the event, attendees were offered free consultations on the varied aspects of estate » Read More

 

Estate Planning and Cryptocurrency


With the rise in popularity and use of cryptocurrency comes the need to include such investments in estate planning. However, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are more secretive in nature than traditional investments, resulting in the need for awareness and creativity on the part of estate planning lawyers. Currently, cryptocurrency exchanges do not require your personal » Read More

 

Estate Planning Under the New Tax Law


The tax bill passed by Congress in December of last year, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), was the first revamp of the tax code in many years. One of the major changes made was an increase to the exemption amount allowed from estate tax. Prior to bill’s enactment, heirs to an » Read More

 

Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid


Even if you believe that you do not have the assets to justify creating a final will and testament, establishing an estate plan can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Not only will it allow you to make informed decisions concerning your assets, but it will allow you to avoid potential » Read More

 

How to Contest a Will


Emotions can run high following the death of a loved one. In some circumstances, surviving family members of a deceased individual may question the validity of the deceased’s will. Whether the survivors believe the will is incorrect as a result of a drafting mistake or the consequence of a wrongdoing, they may seek to challenge » Read More

 

Rebuilding Your Financial Life After Divorce


It is no secret that divorce is expensive. But for many people, that is a reality that they are willing to accept to move forward with a new and better life. Nearly every divorcing couple will face major financial changes. After a divorce, you can no longer pool your resources to share household expenses. Even » Read More

 

Power of Attorney


Power of attorney is an important legal document that everyone should have, regardless of age or financial circumstances. It is not just for the elderly or those with significant assets. A power of attorney gives the person you have designated, known as your agent, the legal right to make decisions for you should you become » Read More

 

Roles of Estate Administrators, Trustees and Executors


When someone that you care care about passes away, not only do you have to process the emotional pain caused by your loss, but you may also be responsible for managing their affairs. After a person passes away, a personal representative is responsible for managing their financial and other affairs. This person can be selected » Read More

 

Congratulations to our Super Lawyers for 2018  


Eckell Sparks proudly announces a landmark year for their practice. Seven members of our legal team have earned the distinction of Super Lawyers for 2018. Partners Leonard A. Sloane, Guy F. Matthews, and David E. Auerbach were recognized. In addition,  Craig B. Huffman, Joseph E. Lastowka, Jr., Jonathan E. Becker, and Michael J. Davey were » Read More

 

Avoid Probate Mistakes


Probate is the legal process that takes place to determine the validity of a deceased person’s will and how that person’s assets will be distributed. Estate administration and planning can be a complicated process and sometimes people make mistakes. For this reason, it is critical to hire an experienced and reputable wills and estates lawyer. » Read More

 

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