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Wills Attorneys in Berks County, PA

A will is a critical document in any estate plan. This legally-binding document is vital for preserving assets and achieving many other family and financial objectives. However, the process of drafting and executing a will is not as straightforward as it may seem. That is why you’ll need a skilled wills attorney to help you draft a customized estate plan tailored to your specific needs and goals.  

If you need assistance with preparing a will or resolving disputes that may arise when executing or probating a will, our attorneys at Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC, can help. Our wills attorneys based in Berks County, PA, are dedicated to providing competent and reliable representation to clients throughout Berks County and surrounding counties.

Overview of Wills  

A will is a valuable estate planning document that allows you to explain how you want your assets to be distributed after your death. With a will, which is also known as a last will and testament, you can provide instructions for distributing your real property, financial assets, and belongings after you pass away.  

There are several types of wills that can be used to accomplish different objectives. Common types of wills include: 

Testamentary wills. This is the traditional will, also known as a simple will, which outlines what should happen to your assets after the testator’s death. These wills are prepared in advance during the testator’s lifetime and signed in the presence of witnesses to be valid.  

Holographic wills. These wills are documents written by hand. However, not all states recognize handwritten wills as valid, except when written in emergency situations as a last resort.  

Oral wills. Orals wills are wills that are made verbally but not written out. However, most states, including Pennsylvania, do not recognize oral wills as valid.  

Mutual wills. A mutual will is made by at least two people (most often by spouses) and represents two separate documents that are largely the same in content.  

Pour-over wills. A pour-over will is a document that ensures that your assets are automatically transferred to your trust when you die.  

A typical will covers the following elements:  

  1. The distribution of assets. You can provide detailed instructions to ensure that your assets are distributed to the intended beneficiaries according to your wishes.  
  2. Naming the executor. In a last will and testament, you can name the executor of your estate. The executor will represent your estate during probate after your death.  
  3. Guardianship. If you have minor children, you can use your will to name a guardian who would take care of your children in the event of your passing.  

Everyone’s life is unique, which is why what to include in a will depends on your financial situation, family dynamics, and other circumstances. At Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC, our wills attorneys help clients in Berks County and throughout the state of Pennsylvania draft a will tailored to their specific goals and needs. We strongly believe that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to creating a will. That is why our estate planning attorneys are focused on providing personalized solutions to every client.  

Why Having a Will Is Important  

Having a will is important for a wide range of reasons. Some of the reasons why it is crucial to draft a last will and testament include: 

  • Simplify the probate process. While having a will does not necessarily avoid probate, it can simplify the process.   
  • Ensure that your assets go to the right people. If you die without a will, which is known as “dying intestate,” your assets will be distributed to your heirs according to your state’s intestate succession laws.  
  • Make sure that someone you trust will take care of your kids. A will allows you to assign a guardian for your children. Thus, having a will gives you peace of mind knowing that someone you trust will care for your children if something happens to you.  
  • Save your loved ones money and prevent conflicts. If you die with a will, you can save your loved ones significant expense and prevent unnecessary conflicts and disputes over who should inherit what.  

Anyone can benefit from creating a will, regardless of their age, marital status, health, or wealth. If you are ready to get started, it is important that you seek legal counsel before creating any legal documents. An experienced wills attorney will help you draft a comprehensive and enforceable will that meets your unique needs.  

Difference Between a Will and a Trust  

Because wills and trusts perform a similar function—they name beneficiaries for your property— these two estate planning tools serve different specific purposes. Some of the key differences between a will and a trust include: 

  • Wills go through probate, while assets held in a trust do not have to be probated 
  • Trusts become effective immediately, while wills do not go into effect until after the testator’s death 
  • Will proceedings are public record, while trust proceedings are confidential 
  • Trusts might require more upkeep and maintenance than wills  

If you cannot decide if you should create a will or a trust, speak with a knowledgeable estate planning to understand your options. However, just because a will and a trust are different does not necessarily mean you have to choose only one. Instead, a will and a trust can complement each other to make a comprehensive estate plan.

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Wills Attorneys Serving Reading, Pennsylvania  

Planning for your future can be intimidating and overwhelming. That is why you’ll need the assistance of an experienced attorney to tackle estate planning. We pride ourselves on our ability to serve clients’ estate planning needs in a personal and individualized manner. If you need help creating a will in Berks County, PA, contact our wills attorneys at Curran Estate & Elder Law, PLLC.

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This law firm helped our family with a complicated situation of one parent in a nursing facility and the other parent living at home. Thank you so much for your help and compassion..
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Maidmariondesign
January 6, 2024.
I can not say enough about how thankful my brother and I are for the help we have received from Susan, Lois and Sean for our elderly Aunt. When we first met with them, our Aunt was in the process of moving from an independent living situation into personal care. To our dismay, the care she received after this move was extremely inadequate and bordered on neglect. Susan spent hours helping us find and set up appointments with several other personal care facilities and we were able to move her within a week and a half. Once she was settled in, Lois worked with our Aunt to make sure her will and living will were up to date. Susan and Lois were so caring and patient with both our Aunt and ourselves, they made a very stressful situation much easier to handle. Sean has also been a huge help as we navigate selling our Aunt's property. We have been extremely satisfied with all aspects of guidance and services provided for the care of our Aunt.
Tammy Taylor
Tammy Taylor
December 12, 2023.
Recently, I had some concerns around elder law and Sean walked me through of all them, in detail, and helped me understand what to expect in coping with the cost of providing care to an aging parent. The matter was handled with the utmost empathy and professionalism and I would highly recommend their offices to anyone.
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Olivia Jaindl
December 6, 2023.
I cannot express how grateful I am to Rose and Angela for all of their hard work during the estate/probate process! They were so diligent yet caring, professional yet approachable. They were always there for questions - of which there were many - and concerns. This is the team of wonderful ladies you need to help with your estate planning and probate - HIGHLY recommend them!
Kelly Carbonara
Kelly Carbonara
November 13, 2023.
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.
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