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Are Handwritten Wills Valid in Pennsylvania?


Handwritten wills are legal in Pennsylvania if they meet certain requirements. The main requirement is for it to be signed. Even a will written by the hand of the testator, meaning the person whose estate is being regarded in the document, is invalid without an acceptable signature. Pennsylvania state code makes no distinction about whether

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Intestate Succession Law in Pennsylvania  


Thinking about what happens to your assets when you pass away is not a pleasant or easy task. However, having an estate plan in place is the best way to ensure that your property is distributed according to your wishes, especially for large or complex estates. If a person is intestate when they die, meaning

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Estate Planning for Your Grandchildren’s College Education


Providing a college education for the grandchildren is a dream of many individuals. With thoughtful estate planning, grandparents can give this gift even if they are no longer alive to see it. Deciding on the best method of paying for college education costs is an important decision in the estate planning process. Avoiding Negative Tax

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Contesting a Will


Not receiving the inheritance you anticipated from a loved one can be devastating. Unfortunately, trying to overturn the wishes of the deceased is not an easy task. Determining whether to contest a loved one’s will can be a difficult decision for many individuals. Understanding what happens during a will dispute can help individuals make easier

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Pennsylvania Probate Guide


Probate is the process used to determine how a deceased person’s assets will be distributed. If the decedent’s will names an executor, that person will oversee the process. If not, it is managed in probate court. Probate is one of several different ways an individual can pass their assets on to surviving loved ones; it

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Estate Planning and Family Dynamics


For many individuals in the process of estate planning, the decisions related to the distribution of assets or the creation of a trust can be made relatively easily. What often complicates matters is the unique family dynamics that can bring undue stress into the situation. This can be especially true in cases of blended families

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Does a Living Will Expire?


Increasing numbers of individuals are using living wills to allow others to make medical decisions for them in cases of mental or physical incapacity. Directions regarding the use of extraordinary measures to prolong life, including the use of artificial respiration and ongoing hydration, are frequently addressed in living wills Appointing a representative to make important

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How to Include Your Home in Estate Planning


A family home is one of the largest assets that a person owns. The emotional ties to the home can dramatically increase the worth to heirs of an estate. Deciding how to include a home in an estate plan can be a complicated process. Working with an experienced estate lawyer can ensure that the home

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Ten Lawyers from Eckell Sparks Recognized by Super Lawyers


Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. is thrilled to announce that 10 of their attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is an independent referral service that chooses the most respected and successful lawyers from each state and area of concentration. Candidates are peer nominated and undergo a thorough

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Charitable Giving and Estate Planning


Charitable giving is a part of many estate plans, whether for philanthropic or tax-reducing purposes. Your giving strategy may vary depending on your financial circumstances and the tax benefits that come with each option for donation. It is therefore important to consider which assets you will donate, and how they will be left when incorporating

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A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

Stay safe out there.