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Estate Planning & Probate

Estate Planning

The death of a loved one, no matter what the circumstances, involves many significant emotions. Friends and family cope with the loss through grief, reminiscing, or perhaps even relief in the case of terminal illness. Ideally, there is an estate plan in place and an individual or group of individuals who are identified ahead of time to immediately handle the estate.

It is important to contact the estate planning Clearfield attorneys at The Cummings Law Firm, LLC immediately following the death of a loved one because you have obligations. Specifically, as a representative or trustee of the decedents estate, you have legal obligations to the estate - which will generally include family and friends. You must exercise sound judgment and understand your rights and obligations, even when paying for immediate costs like hospital bills and funeral expenses. At our first meeting with you, our compassionate and professional Clearfield County attorneys carefully guide you through the process of handling your loved ones estate.

So, whether you are planning your own documents or you are a representative or trustee acting for a deceased loved one, our Clearfield lawyers handle:

  • All will and/or trust documents (if our office does not already have them)
  • Death certificate;
  • Paid funeral bills;
  • Real estate deeds or related documents;
  • Copies of recent statements from bank accounts, brokerage accounts, and retirement plan accounts;
  • Original life insurance policies;
  • Original titles to cars, trucks, trailers, boats, and other vehicles;
  • Unpaid hospital bills.
  • Advance Directives
  • Asset Protection
  • Avoiding Probate
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate and Fiduciary Litigation
  • IRA and Retirement Planning
  • International Estate Planning
  • Legacy and Estate Planning
  • Pre-Marital Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Trust and Probate Administration
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Estate Plan Review

Our Clearfield estate planning and probate lawyers encourages you in that your estate plan should be reviewed and updated at least every four years or if any of the following events occur:

  • A change in marital status
  • The birth of a child
  • A change in your state of residence
  • A significant change in the value or character of your assets
  • A change in intended beneficiaries
  • The death of a beneficiary
  • The death of a guardian, trustee, or personal representative named in your will
  • A change in tax laws affecting federal estate tax deductions and calculationsWe also offer all our Estate Planning services at our Columbia location.

Estate PlanningThese documents will assure that you and your loved ones are protected fairly and our compassionate Clearfield estate planning lawyers are there when you need us most.

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