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What is Orphans’ Court Litigation?


The Orphans’ Court may evoke images of small, parentless children who are turning to the legal system for protection. While the roots of the name do come from its history of protecting the legal rights of widows and orphans, the court as it exists today deals with matters of estate law, such as conflicts related

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Understanding Remote Notarization During the Pandemic


During this time of social distancing, estate planners have had to get creative about how to manage the execution of estate planning documents while keeping safe. Like many other states, Pennsylvania has adjusted regulations regarding some aspects of document execution. One notable example is the expansion of remote online notarization. What is Remote Online Notarization?

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Essential Documents for Estate Planning


It is always a good time to start planning for your future. Estate planning is an important process that allows you to make preemptive, thoughtful decisions regarding your assets and health care. By making your intentions clear with legally-binding estate planning documents, your loved ones have peace of mind knowing your wishes are respected if

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Estate Planning During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Until recently, most Americans viewed estate planning as something to think about down the road. The outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel Coronavirus, has altered that view for many. Law firms and financial planners are reporting a significant increase in the number of clients seeking advice about wills and advance directives. There

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Not(ary) a Problem


In this 3rd episode of the Great Estate Podcast, Attorney Christopher M. Brown is joined by Daniel R. Coleman from the Eckell Sparks wills, trusts and estates legal team to discuss notaries and estate planning. This pandemic has caused many people to stress about estate planning and assigning power of attorney, specifically healthcare agents. Whether

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Estate Planning FAQs


The topic of estate planning confuses many people. From understanding the definition of an estate plan to figuring out how an estate plan protects wealth, would-be clients often present our estate lawyers with wide-ranging questions during initial consultations. Below are some of the more frequently asked questions regarding estate planning and how it affects individuals

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Who Can Change a Will?


Your last will and testament is supposed to contain your final wishes as to the disposition of your estate. This legal document is one of the most important plans you will ever make, and you should take considerable care when devising it. The following are some matters that you should take into account when making

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What is the Difference Between a Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney?


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 – probably

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Estate Planning for Young Professionals


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 that

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Estate Planning Basics


Estate planning is important to everyone and it does not have to be a complex or expensive undertaking. It can be performed all at once or piece by piece over time. The important thing is to avoid inaction because of confusion or misunderstanding. The following is a brief description of the main issues involved in

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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.