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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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What is a Special Needs Trust?


Special needs trusts are specialized tools that provide future financial support for disabled children and adults. They can be set up by caregivers, friends, or relatives who want to leave money and property to their loved ones. These trusts allow people with special needs to obtain necessary funds to live comfortably. Special needs trusts are

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Teachers Are Updating Their Wills in Preparation for Return to Classrooms During COVID-19


COVID-19 continues to rage through the country, causing work closures, cancelled events and constant worry among United States citizens. Summer will eventually come to an end and school will be starting up, whether that be virtually or in person. Teachers across the country are starting to prepare or update their wills and estates in anticipation

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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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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.

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