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Estate PlanningPennsylvania Estate Planning Attorney | Bucks County Lawyer

If you will be leaving property, investment shares and/or capital to your loved ones after you are gone, you will need a will or a trust to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Pennsylvania estate planning attorney John M. Kenney can advise you on the differences between wills and trusts and help you decide which one best fits your particular circumstances. Mr. Kenney has been helping individuals and families plan their estates since 1983. He has a great deal of knowledge about the complexities of living trusts and probate law and can assist you with any and all of your estate planning needs.

Pros and Cons of Wills and Living Trusts

Most people associate wills with small to medium-sized estates and think that trusts are for wealthy people. In truth, the benefits of using a will vs. a trust (and vice versa) have more to do with probate, tax laws and contestability than with estate size. Bucks County lawyer John M. Kenney will provide you with solid estate planning and provide you with important information about the distinguishing features of wills vs. trusts. Some of these features include:

  • Well-suited to estates with a small number of beneficiaries
  • Less costly to create
  • Easier to execute
  • Subject to probate
  • Appropriate for estates with several pieces of property and/or multiple heirs
  • More difficult to challenge than wills
  • Can be used to manage inheritances for underage heirs
  • Subject to collection from creditors and the IRS
When Is Probate a Good Thing?

Although many people choose a trust instead of a will in order to avoid probate, the probate process in Pennsylvania is fairly simple and has some advantages, for example:

  • Probate is a court-supervised process which can be useful if the will is contested
  • It's less expensive to litigate a will than to litigate a trust
  • The probate process cuts off creditor claims much sooner than an estate held in trust
The Importance of a Living Will

In addition to a will or trust, every estate plan should include a living will. In Pennsylvania, a living will is a legal document stating your preferences for the type of care you would like to receive if you are ever in a terminal condition with no hope of recovery. Planning now and declaring your wishes in a living will can help your family avoid having to face an unthinkable decision.

Powers of Attorney

Durable powers of attorney enable you to name a trusted person to make financial and medical decisions for you in the event that you are temporarily or permanently incapacitated. Giving powers of attorney to someone you trust will give the named person the legal authority to pay bills, view medical records and make financial and health care decisions for you. Without giving a trusted family member or friend powers of attorney, you could suffer serious consequences such as:

  • Delayed or insufficient medical care
  • Misuse or embezzlement of your financial assets
  • Neglect of your home
  • Unpaid bills
  • Liens against your property

Fairless Hills attorney John M. Kenney will provide you with the personal service you deserve, and will take the time to answer all of your questions. For a free initial estate planning consultation, please call (215) 547-3031, email, or fill out and submit our online "Contact Us" form.

Client Reviews
John was able to help us with an emergency with my dad, we needed a poa ASAP, he drew up the paperwork and even came to the hospital to meet and witness what he needed to. Ge was personable to my dad and explained everything to him and us. Definitely recommend him to anyone, he gets the job done promptly and professionally. Thanks again so very much! John Killgore
I thought I could handle my divorce by completing all my forms on my own. Well, I was wrong and the courts couldn't tell me what I did wrong. After 2 years of going back and forth trying to figure out what I did wrong, I decided to hand it over to a professional/lawyer. I found John on a Google search. I was able to get an appointment right away with him. He was able to work around my schedule. John took control of everything and and within 3 weeks my divorce was completed. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family Joanna Kane
Mr. Kenney provided me with top notch service within a very in small window to represent me. Mr. Kenny represented me in a very complex custody case in the state of PA. Mr. Kenny was very knowledgeable, patient, attentive, assertive, reliable, and has a great reputation. I would strong recommend Mr. Kenny as your future attorney to represent you in the state of PA/NJ. Make no hesitation and call him today, you will not be disappointed. April Harrison