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What Are the Differences Between Wills and Living Wills?


It is not uncommon for people to feel confused when they are asked if they have a living will. Though many understand that a will specifies their final requests and bequests, living wills are different. It is essential to understand the differences between wills and living wills, especially for people who are interested in estate

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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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The Great Estate Podcast: Keep Your Estate Planning Updated


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 may

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Delco Death Doula


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 is

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Podcast: Ashes – Planning for Your Future with Wills, Trusts, and Estates


Christopher M. Brown, Esq. has returned to podcasting with a new episode on wills, trusts, and estates. Christopher shares his knowledge on preparing a will, updating a living will, and the role of power of attorney. The ongoing COVID-19 quarantine is a great time to contact an attorney to set up or update a will.

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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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What is a Spousal Lifetime Access Trust?


Effective estate planning positions your assets to be shielded from tax liability while remaining accessible for the assigned beneficiaries. In traditional estate planning, that means tucking your money away for future distribution to your heirs in the event of your death. Some interesting options in estate planning allow your tax-exempt and liability-protected money to be

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Why Unmarried Couples Cohabiting Need a Will


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 whether

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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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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 our ability to maintain and run our physical offices, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to work remotely from home, prepare legal documents, confer with clients remotely, and provide consultations to those seeking legal advice. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by 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. Do you have a question about whether it’s more beneficial to file your taxes by April 15, despite the postponement of the filing deadlines? 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.

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