Wills, Trusts & Estates Law

Licensed in Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Who Will You Trust?

Peace of mind. Responsibility. Common sense. At Frankel & Kershenbaum, we believe that planning for the future should help you sleep better, not keep you up at night. Our approach is simple: We listen. We advise. We prepare. Whether you're thinking about estate planning for the first time, or you are considering revising an existing plan, we can help. Let us be the attorneys you trust for all of your estate planning needs.

For All of Your Estate Planning Needs

None of us likes thinking about "what if," but we can't afford not to. The good news is, planning for "what if" doesn't have to be stressful or expensive. And while everyone has some unique estate planning needs, there are a few things each of us can do to prevent today's "what if" from becoming tomorrow's "why didn't I?"

A few simple estate planning documents can make a big difference to you and your family:

Last Will and Testament - A legal document in which you name the person (or people) who will manage your estate and inherit your property after your death.

General Power of Attorney - A document that allows you to appoint another person to act on your behalf in a variety of situations when you are not available to do so (such as when traveling or incapacitated).

Durable Power of Attorney - A power of attorney document that stays in effect even if you become mentally incompetent.

Health Care Power of Attorney - Allows you to appoint someone to make medical decisions for you on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated.

Advance Health Care Directive (Living Will) - Your legally enforceable instructions specifying what medical treatments should or should not be performed in the event you become unable to express your wishes due to illness or incapacity.

Guardianship - A provision (usually in your Will) naming the person (or people) who will have legal custody of your minor child (or children) in the event you die or become unable to care for them.

Special Needs Trusts - A provision (usually in your Will) designed to protect property that you have set aside for the benefit of beneficiaries who are disabled or mentally ill. Special Needs Trusts are essential estate planning devices for anyone who cares for someone who is physically or mentally impaired, especially those who receive government benefits, such as Medicaid or Medicare (Social Security).

Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples -We look forward to the day when same-sex couples will be able to enjoy all of the benefits and protections of marriage. Until then, we advise and assist all of our clients who cannot marry, or who choose not to marry, to ensure that their rights are protected in every way possible using a variety of estate planning devices.

Call Frankel & Kershenbaum today. Peace of mind is just a phone call away.

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