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Elder Law

Serving Clients in Berks County and the Surrounding Area

Are you prepared for the legal matters that arise due to aging? Growing older often forces individuals to make various medical, financial, and end-of-life decisions. This involves establishing a strategic end-of-life plan to protect your property, assets, investments, family, and future generations. Elder law is concerned about caring for our seniors, older adults, and elderly loved ones and preserving their assets.

If you are thinking about elder care or you need proper guidance when drafting your estate plan, consulting with an experienced Pennsylvania estate planning attorney is crucial. At Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC, we are committed to offering highly-personalized legal guidance and reliable advocacy to clients in elder law-related matters, including estate planning, guardianship, assisted living, power of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives.

As your legal counsel, we are available to discuss your unique situation, explore your possible legal options, and determine the ideal end-of-life plan that is best for you. Also, our attorneys will work meticulously to address your needs and concerns and help you in a way that works best for you. Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC proudly serves clients in Berks County, PA, and throughout Berks County and the neighboring counties of Schuylkill, Montgomery, Lancaster, Chester, and Lebanon.

What is Elder Law?

Elder law is an aspect of law that covers various legal issues affecting seniors and older people, their loved ones, close relatives, and caretakers. It entails representing and counseling older adults in the legal matters of estate planning. An elder law attorney can:

  • Advocate for the older adults and their family members.
  • Guide family members through important decisions that affect their elder loved ones.
  • Help senior citizens prepare for financial freedom and autonomy.
  • Handle a huge spectrum of legal matters, including guardianship, long-term care planning, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, retirement, and other important subjects.

An experienced life care planning attorney can walk you through the estate planning process and make sure your estate planning documents are well-detailed, valid, and up-to-date.

Estate Planning

Estate planning involves making plans in advance and providing detailed instructions regarding how you want your property and assets to be managed, distributed, or disposed of when you die or after sudden incapacitation. Estate planning allows you to achieve the following:

  • Prepare for an uncertain future.
  • Protect your assets, property, investments, and interests.
  • Specify medical and end-of-life decisions.
  • Determine what happens to your estate and who will inherit your property and assets.
  • Make sufficient provision for surviving family members, spouses, and other relatives.
  • Protect investments and assets from frivolous lawsuits and creditors.
  • Help beneficiaries avoid inheritance, estate, and gift taxes.
  • Name a trusted person as your personal representative
  • Mitigate possible family disputes and conflicts regarding asset distribution.
  • Bypass probate (by creating a trust).
  • Ensure that you don't die intestate (without a will).

Creating a comprehensive estate plan can help protect your assets and family's future and get your affairs in order. A knowledgeable Pennsylvania estate planning attorney can enlighten you about your possible options and help you make intelligent decisions.

Healthcare/Long-Term Care Issues

Long-term care involves a huge selection of services aimed at helping individuals achieve their personal care and healthcare needs over a given period. With long-term care, you may be able to live safely and independently in the event of a disability, incapacitation, or medical condition that makes you unable to perform your day-to-day tasks by yourself. An experienced attorney can review your advance care planning options and determine the best course of action.

Guardianship

Guardianship is a fiduciary relationship or legal arraignment established by state law, in which a court will appoint a person or entity (the guardian) to make decisions about the personal care, property, legal, and financial affairs of a disabled or incapacitated adult.

In Pennsylvania, guardianship is often established in an elderly person's best interests. Here are some benefits of guardianship:

  • It helps avoid exploitation.
  • It provides security for the incapacitated person.
  • It helps avoid any unnecessary delays or complications when signing documents for social benefits or government assistance.
  • It helps prevent many financially terrible situations from happening.
  • The guardian will provide adequate care for the incapacitated adult.
  • The guardian can help manage the incapacitated person's property and financial affairs.

A knowledgeable attorney can enlighten you about the rights and responsibilities of a legal guardian and walk you through every step involved in the guardianship process.

Work with an Experienced Attorney

Navigating the numerous legal matters that arise as a result of advanced age often involves several complex procedures. In the event that you become incapacitated, severely ill, unavailable, or otherwise unable to voice your exact wishes, you can protect your property, assets, and family's future by establishing a strategic end-of-life plan. An experienced elder law attorney can enlighten you about your available options and help you make intelligent decisions.

At Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC, we are dedicated to providing experienced legal services and guiding clients through the complexities of estate planning and elder law. As your legal counsel, we can evaluate your unique situation and explore the various legal options that may be available to you. Also, our trusted attorneys will help you draft vital end-of-life documents and outline a strategic estate plan that best suits your unique needs.

A Team That Truly Cares

Our attorneys take pride in helping you make the right decisions for your family and your future.

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Client Success Stories

The staff is always extremely pleasant and helpful. Rose Kennedy does a fabulous job of taking the time to explain everything, more than once if need be, and willing to answer any questions.
Lisa Care
Lisa Care
September 1, 2023.
They were very kind and helpful to my brother and me. They took the time to review our situation and offered us options. Highly recommend their services!!! Thanks. 😎
Kurt Manderbach
Kurt Manderbach
September 1, 2023.
This lawfirm is excellent. They are so knowledgeable and experienced in estate planning. Sarah at the front desk is responsive, welcoming and helpful. Rose Kennedy is a top notch attorney with a strong attention to detail, very knowledgeable in her field, great at presenting information in an easy to understand manner and very compassionate. We highly recommend Curran.
Leo and Lily
Leo and Lily
August 22, 2023.
When my father passed away in March 2022, I had never lost an immediate family member, and I was unprepared for the deluge of paperwork that followed. I also was not prepared for the way that grief would make simple things extra difficult. Luckily, my dad had set up a trust with Sean Curran’s guidance in 2016. It not only protected his assets, but it allowed us to work with Rose Kennedy and Angela Young for the estate administration. I truly do not know what we would have done without the kindness and guidance of Rose and Angela. I will never forget talking with Rose from the bathroom of my dad’s hospice room. It was far past office hours, but she was calmly determined to help me understand what steps I needed to take next. She even texted me after the call with detailed instructions in case I was unable to remember because of my emotional state. My gratitude for her compassion and patience continued to grow throughout the following year as she and Angela continuously went above and beyond to help us with every challenge that arose as we sold our dad’s house, filed inheritance taxes, and encountered numerous other tasks that I never could have figured out without their step-by-step guidance. I will always have a special place in my heart for the calmness that Rose and Angela brought me throughout the overwhelming and emotional process of losing a parent. Every person I’ve encountered at Curran Estate and Elder Law has been professional, helpful, and kind. I can’t imagine going through this process without their support and wisdom. Thank you!
Cindi Delinsky
Cindi Delinsky
July 29, 2023.
Curran Estate & Elder Law handled my fathers estate for me. They were incredibly helpful and answered all of my questions. I did very little, everything was completed by them. I would strongly suggest if your looking for an Attorney to handle your parents affairs, give Curran Estate & Elder Law a call!
KIM STRICKER
KIM STRICKER
July 26, 2023.
I would highly recommend Curran Estate Elder Care. They guided and helped with our estate planning, protection of assets, writing of our wills, power of attorney documentation and also care management for my spouse. They offer a great support system. Great people to work with.
Lil Myers
Lil Myers
July 20, 2023.
They are very efficient at helping their clients get the best and affordable help for families that need help. I would recommend them all around, especially for the elderly that cannot help themselves. they help me get poa of my mom when no one else would help. Hospital would say that she is not capable of having a POA at the time on hospice. Well, they wrong because my mother understood and signed forms thank you so very much Joyce and Tiffani
Tiffani Grendell
Tiffani Grendell
July 18, 2023.
Quite simply the best Elder Law in Berks. Professional, ethical and kind from start to finish. We had gotten our Will's and PoA's done with Curran a couple years ago, then when my father's health took a down turn, they were the obvious choice for managing the transition of his care, and then eventually with handling the administration of his will , probate and the dozens of other details that no one tells you about. I couldn't imagine having to do all of that on my own. Big thanks to the Rose, Susan, Angela and the whole team at Curran.
Adam Wentling
Adam Wentling
July 18, 2023.
As executor of estate, Curran has guided me step-by-step through the process in a professional and efficient manner. Their approach is friendly as they have patiently answered all my questions with clear explanations which make my duties simple and easy to carry out.
David & Alison Zezenski
David & Alison Zezenski
June 16, 2023.
My mother and I met with Rose Kennedy at Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC. Rose and her team were wonderful! Sarah greeted us promptly and escorted us to the conference room. She was very gracious. Rose demonstrated compassion, kindness, and understanding. She explained the documents clearly and answered all our questions. I highly recommend Rose and the team who responded quickly. They acted with professionalism and compassion. They have a heart. I had contacted other estate and elder firms in Berks County, and they did not even respond. Call Curran they will respond and help you.
Diana Vavreck
Diana Vavreck
May 25, 2023.
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Reading, PA 19611

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