Pittsburgh Estate Planning Attorneys
Creating an estate plan is an important step in protecting your family from the unexpected. An estate plan may involve a variety of legal documents, including a last will and testament, a durable power of attorney, and/or a living will. A trust may be necessary to ensure that your family’s financial interests are protected, and that asset distribution is handled according to your interests. Our attorneys have the experience to handle the most complex Pittsburgh estate planning and administration details.
Pittsburgh estate planning and administration attorneys of Schmidt Bresnahan Law Group understand that thinking about mortality can be a very difficult process. As compassionate estate planning lawyers, we will help you through creating your will and a comprehensive estate plan, tailored to your situation to give you peace of mind.
There is no one-size-fits-all estate plan. Our attorneys will analyze your complete asset and financial structure and provide advice concerning what planning tools best meet your goals and interests.
What Is Your Estate?
Your estate consists of everything you own, including your home, bank accounts, savings accounts, business holdings, investment accounts, property, and other assets. In addition to what you own, your estate also encompasses your minor children and pets.
What Is Included in an Estate Plan?
Generally, five items are included in an estate plan:
- A will or trust. Your last will and testament details how you want to divide your property and assets when you die.
- Beneficiary forms. Beneficiaries can inherit your property and assets without a will if you wish. This is achieved by naming beneficiaries to your financial accounts.
- A living will. This is often paired with a health care power of attorney. It provides instructions on what kind of medical care you would like to receive if you were ever to become incapacitated.
- Durable powers of attorney. Powers of attorney are individuals you choose to act on your behalf if you are unable to do so due to an illness or injury. You can appoint one or multiple individuals.
- Letter of intent. This is a letter left to the executor of your will that provides information about your final wishes after you die.
Helping Families Through a Difficult Time
Many individuals do not know where to turn after the death of a loved one. During this time of grief, you might be faced with an overwhelming amount of demands. We know how hard it is to face the probate or estate administration process and are happy to help.
Our lawyers have experience assisting both individuals and family members through the sometimes-cumbersome process of wrapping up an estate in Pennsylvania. We are experienced in all aspects of estate and trust administration. We are here to take the legal burdens off your shoulders during this difficult time.
Consult with Us in a Confidential Consultation
Estate planning requires devoting a considerable amount of time to determine who will inherit your assets after you die. This process can be complicated at times, so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney. At Schmidt Bresnahan Law Group, LLC, we provide comprehensive and compassionate estate planning services to clients in need. Contact us to learn more about booking an initial, confidential consultation.
Our Clients Always Come First
We take the time to get to know our clients, listen to their concerns and educate them on the process.
We are transparent in our approach and will not give you advice that we would not take ourselves.
Personal Attention & Responsiveness
We treat each case with extreme attention to detail and maintain open communication so you can always rely on us to be there for you when you need us the most.
An Emphasis on Strong Family Values
Our firm understands the importance of family values and works to maintain these values while striving for success in each case.