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Estate Planning Attorneys Pittsburgh, PA

Lawyers caring for your health and wealth in Pittsburgh, PA

Estate planning is a broad area of law encompassing many legal tools and techniques. The object is to protect, plan and manage your healthcare and personal assets for the benefit of your future — and your family. No matter your age, a comprehensive estate plan is essential to maximize the amount of your hard-earned life’s savings that you pass on to your loved ones. In addition, a living will makes your own wishes known should you be unable to do so because of illness or injury. A knowledgeable estate planning attorney from Fingeret Law can guide you throughout all aspects of planning your estate.

Estate planning tools

Estate planning includes:

  • WillWill is a document in which you express how you want your assets to be distributed to your desired beneficiaries when you die
  • Trust — Trust is a legal tool in which a trustee holds money or property for the benefit of another; used to reduce taxes and thus preserve assets
  • Special needs trustSpecial needs trust is a trust to enable a beneficiary with special needs to derive benefits from the grantor’s assets without jeopardizing eligibility for Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid benefits
  • Living willLiving will is a directive that sets forth the patient’s preferences for the provision, withholding and withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment in the event of terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness
  • Financial power of attorney — Financial power of attorney is a directive giving an agent the authority to make financial decisions on your behalf
  • Healthcare power of attorney — A directive enabling an agent to make healthcare decisions for a patient who is unable to communicate

Estate administration

Estate administration includes:

  • Estate administration — Complying with the final directions left by a decedent in a will for the distribution of the decedent’s assets and property
  • Probate — Filing a will with the Register of Wills in the county where the decedent resided and getting an executor officially appointed to administer the estate
  • Probate litigationProbate litigation is bringing or defending a challenge to a will being probated

Help in planning for the future

To discuss your specific needs with one of our estate planning attorneys, please call us at Fingeret Law at 412-254-8533 or contact us online. We have served the Greater Pittsburgh community for more than 40 years in the practice areas of estate planning and elder law including guardianship, veterans benefits and power of attorney. We travel to clients.