Skilled Help For Life's Difficult Transitions

Many people mistakenly think they don't need a will or other estate planning documents because they are not wealthy. What they don't realize is that, whether or not you have a lot of property to pass on, the act of planning your estate itself is a great gift you can give to your loved ones. It will save them a lot of work and perhaps a fair amount of money. More importantly, it will help them to cope effectively with a difficult transition.

At the Whitehall, Pennsylvania, office of Daniel G. Dougherty, P.C., we help individuals and families to prepare for and manage life's difficult transitions through estate planning, probate and estate administration.

We offer skilled help with issues such as:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Living trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advanced health care directives
  • Probate
  • Estate administration
  • Tax planning
  • Will disputes

Properly planning for or managing issues in estate law requires thorough, detail-oriented work. Whether you are trying to settle an estate or planning your own, it can be extremely important to seek out help from an experienced lawyer.

Probate And Estate Administration

After a person passes away, all his or her property is known as the person's estate. Generally, a probate court must oversee the process of administering this estate — that is, paying off any remaining debts and distributing the assets to heirs.

While this process is never easy, a will and other estate planning documents make it more straightforward because they appoint an executor to oversee the process and provide instructions for how to distribute the property. What's more, those instructions have legal force.

If the person left behind no valid will, the court must decide how to distribute the estate. It does this by following state guidelines. This way of administering an estate is slow, expensive and often leads to results that are different from what the person would have wanted.

At the office of Daniel G. Dougherty, P.C., we can help at almost every stage of the process. We help people plan their estates, preserve assets and provide for loved ones. We also help executors and others inventory estates, file all the paperwork and meet all the deadlines required in probate and estate administration.

Learn More

To learn more about how we can help with wills, trusts, probate and other issues in estate law, call our office at 484-245-4717. You can also reach us online.