A Simplified Approach To Estate Planning And Probate

McCrystal Law Office is the ideal choice for estate planning services and representation in probate. Attorney Michael McCrystal has been practicing estate law for 30 years, and clients appreciate his professionalism and practical approach to problem-solving. Keep reading to learn more about what our firm can do for you.

Easier And More Affordable Than You Think

Planning your estate doesn't need to be a lengthy or tedious process. In many cases, your estate plan can be drafted in just one or two meetings with an attorney, and any remaining details can be handled by phone or email.

We also strive to be affordable and are always transparent about billing practices. When you work with our firm, you don't need to worry about surprise charges or unexpected fees.

What Should Be Included In Your Estate Plan?

The most important document in your estate plan is the will. It designates who will receive your assets and possessions when you pass away and how your property should be divided among heirs. A will can also designate a guardian for your minor children if you and your spouse were to suffer an untimely death.

Your estate plan should also include a living will and a designated agent. People are living longer than in the past, but that extra age often comes with health problems — including incapacitating problems like Alzheimer's and dementia. A living will lets you specify exactly what type of medical care and end-of-life care that you want (or do not want) in case you ever become incapacitated and cannot make or communicate those decisions yourself. Your agent is a trusted individual whom you have appointed to make medical decisions on your behalf, especially in scenarios not addressed in the living will.

Finally, you may want to establish one or more trusts. These legal instruments can reduce or eliminate the need to probate your estate, saving your loved ones time, money and headache. Revocable trusts also give you significant control over the assets in the trust during your lifetime.

Representation In Probate

Probate can sometimes be avoided through careful estate planning, but not always. If it is necessary to probate a loved one's estate, you should work with a knowledgeable attorney. The probate process can be lengthy and complicated, but we can handle all of the details, leaving you free to focus on your family and other concerns during this difficult time. If you have been named as executor to the estate, we will guide you through all of your official duties to ensure that no detail is overlooked.

Contact Us To Speak To An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney Today

Based in Emmaus, McCrystal Law Office serves clients throughout Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley. To get your questions answered by a lawyer with 30 years of experience, call us at 484-272-2014 or send us an email.