This week on the Great Estate Podcast, our host, Christopher Brown from Eckell Sparks, discusses complex issues in estate planning, specifically state administration. Estate planning can be incredibly challenging and needs a skilled litigator to ensure the process is done correctly. Handling your wills, trusts, and estates on your own can cause issues that mayRead More »
The 4th episode of the Great Estate podcast is back with, Delco Death Doula. On this episode, Attorney Christopher M. Brown sits down with Gabriella H. Grosso Esq. to discuss the legal and moral aspects of death and dying. Gabriella is a certified death midwife who helps facilitate the death transition and ensures it isRead More »
These days, more and more couples are living in quasi-marital situations without formally tying the knot. Whether or not to marry is a personal decision, but couples must realize if one of them dies unexpectedly without a will, their unmarried status puts the survivor at a distinct disadvantage. Laws of Intestate Succession No matter whetherRead More »
Though it can be tough to talk about, death is a reality that no one can avoid. However, what can be avoided is probate court for some assets. This is the reason many people talk to their estate planning attorneys about the possibility of taking advantage of designating certain assets as transfer on death (TOD).Read More »
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 TaxRead More »
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 homeRead More »
Many people put off creating an estate plan as long as possible. After all, it may seem like an unpleasant reminder that life does not last forever. As the Delaware County wills and estate lawyers at Eckell Sparks know, estate plans ensure that assets are handled appropriately after the death or incapacitation of a lovedRead More »
Planned gifting and estate planning allow people to allocate their money and valuable assets to individuals or charitable organizations that they hold near to their heart. Careful planning can help alleviate stress and financial tax burdens on beneficiaries while allowing donors to continue to benefit from interest and dividends while they are still alive. InRead More »
No one enjoys making decisions about the end of their lives. But if people do not act when they are still relatively healthy and mentally competent, they could end up in the kind of situation they would want to avoid. A few lucky people die at a ripe old age in their sleep – probablyRead More »
Planning for the future is important. It is no less important when considering legacy planning, which is financial planning for future generations. Legacy planning is thoughtful management of wealth and assets both during life and beyond. This includes estate planning where one or more trusted individuals is put in charge of your assets so thatRead More »
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