Columbia County Lawyer For Wills And Living Wills

Many people assume that only the elderly or those with significant assets need estate planning. The fact is, people at all stages of life need an estate plan that is appropriate to their circumstances. Whether you are a college student, a young family, or a senior facing nursing home admission, an estate plan can offer you peace of mind in knowing that your loved ones are protected.

As an estate planning lawyer with more than 18 years of experience, I will take great care to address your concerns and plan for every contingency. My law office is conveniently located on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg, one block from the Columbia County courthouse.

Protecting Your Beneficiaries And Your Assets

A properly drafted estate plan does more than determine who should receive your assets after you die. An estate plan also protects your family if you should become disabled or incapacitated.

An estate plan may include the following components:

  • Will: If you die without a will in Pennsylvania, the state will determine how your assets will be distributed and who will administer your estate. If you have a family and both you and your spouse die, the state will also decide who should care for your children. By drafting a will, you can decide.
  • Trusts: Trusts can allow you to accomplish specific goals such as avoiding probate and protecting your beneficiaries from predators and creditors.
  • Durable power of attorney: A durable power of attorney may be the most important part of your estate plan. It allows you to name a trusted person to act for you if you are incapacitated or disabled.
  • Living will: A living will allows you to tell health care providers and family members whether you want artificial life support, such as feeding tubes, if you are in a vegetative state with no hope of recovery.

Power Of Attorney Lawyer Serving Union County

For detailed guidance that is tailored directly to your unique situation, contact me, Columbia County wills and living wills lawyer David H. Trathen, online or call 570-284-3088 or toll free 877-772-5261 to discuss your specific legal concerns today. I serve clients in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties in Pennsylvania.