As a parent, you are constantly looking to protect your child from what I like to call the “What if?” moments. You know them as those scenarios that are running in the back of your mind day in and day out. One of those “What if?” moments you may try to push to the back of your mind is what could happen to the children if you and your spouse are not around?
As a Philadelphia estate lawyer with more than a quarter of a century of experience helping families set up wills, power of attorney and trusts in the tri-county area, I can tell you first hand it’s something that must be done as soon as possible. You may be pushing it off until tomorrow but sometimes when that tomorrow happens, tragedy has already struck. All of your hard work to protect your family financially could go out the window. Most importantly who will take care of your children?
The answer to that question can be a simple one. Your children, along with your financial assets, can be protected. That is why sitting down to talk with me is the first step in taking the fear out of the unknown. Every person that walks through our door receives the care and compassion you deserve when trying to figure out how to protect your assets, your children and spouse. It’s not something you can do through a website or over the phone; you need someone that knows the intricate details of your intentions and Pennsylvania law.
Now that you’re thinking about taking that first step to contact my office to discuss your options for setting up a will, I want to remind you that if you do not have a will in place, your assets could go to probate. If this occurs it can be an expensive, and lengthy legal process where the court would determine what could happen to your estate. It’s a process that can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to complete. A scenario you should avoid.
I pride my practice on making sure my clients are cared for every step of the way — from the moment they walk through the door to the time their will is read years later. It’s another way of showing your family just how much you care about them when you’re not there to tell them.