Elder Law / Estate Planning and Administration
As the U.S. population ages, we all are confronted with decisions about meeting our own needs and the needs of family members while attempting to preserve assets accumulated over a lifetime. The federal and state regulations impacting those decisions can make the task seem overwhelming. At no time is sound legal advice more important.
The Delaware County elder law and estate planning attorneys of Raffaele Puppio provide comprehensive legal counseling and related services. We help you make informed decisions about preserving your assets, accessing assistance to meet your medical needs or those of a loved one, and providing for the appropriate disposition of your assets upon death.
It is never too early to begin estate planning. Even if you are not of retirement age, or don’t think you have enough assets to be worth preserving, it is important to secure the financial future of your spouse and / or children, to avoid any potential legal entanglements in the case of a sudden, tragic incident. We will help you draft a will, set up trusts, designate beneficiaries and powers of attorney, and even help you take care of yourself, with an advanced healthcare directive or living will, to make sure your long-term medical needs are addressed.
Don’t leave the most important decisions of your life up to chance. Let the knowledgeable team at Raffaele Puppio handle the many facets of elder law and estate planning and afford you the peace of mind you deserve in your golden years.
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From The Blog
Understanding Trusts as a Tool in Estate Planning in PennsylvaniaJuly 28, 2017
Often confused with wills, trusts are a frequently misunderstood tool for estate planning. Though trusts and wills are often connected within an estate and have some abilities in common, they are two different legal documents. Like a will, a trust comprises a list of property and names people or entities who are to receive that... Read More...
Roles and Responsibilities of the Administrator of a Will in PennsylvaniaJuly 13, 2017
If you have been entrusted with the responsibility of administering the estate of a recently deceased family member or friend, it is helpful to know in advance the range of duties that will be expected of you. Administering a will as the estate’s executor can take upwards of six months, or even years, and will... Read More...
Is an Estate Required to Repay DHS for Medical Assistance Under Pennsylvaniaâ€™s Medicaid Estate Recovery Program?May 31, 2017
If the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) provides medical assistance to an individual who is over 55 years of age, DHS shall have a claim against that person’s estate to recover the cost of the medical assistance. DHS’s claim against the decedent’s estate includes the cost of nursing home care, home and community based... Read More...
Estate Planning Tips During a DivorceOctober 14, 2016
For most, a divorce is a foreign, complex and highly emotional process. Once a party has decided to divorce or has been served with a divorce complaint, the issues that take the forefront are the ones which affect a party’s everyday life – how will expenses be paid, where will each party live, how often... Read More...
You Can Still Use Common Law Marriage to Reduce or Eliminate PA Inheritance TaxJune 29, 2016
Under Pennsylvania Estate Law, anything that you inherit from your non-spouse, significant other after his or her death will be taxed at a rate of 15% by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. However, if you can prove that you were the common-law spouse of the deceased, anything that you inherit will be taxed at a... Read More...