Although most people shy away from talking about what will happen to their assets and minor children when they die, it is an event that you do need to be concerned about. A will is a written document you prepare that designates exactly how your assets will be divided and who among your heirs you want to have certain items. If you have minor children, you can also name who you want to be their guardian in the event of your death.
The McCrystal Law Office will help you draft your will
Attorney Michael McCrystal, a Coplay wills attorney, will help you draft your will. In addition to designating who you leave your property to and who will be the guardian of your minor children, you can name an executor who will see to it that your wishes are carried out. If you have minor children, you may want to name an executor for the specific task of making sure the assets you leave to your children are properly managed.
Your will must be signed and dated in front of two witnesses who also sign and date your will. If the signatures are notarized, the will is considered self-proving and will be accepted by the probate court without the court contacting the witnesses. If it is not notarized, the court will contact the witnesses before processing your will in the probate court.
Contact a Coplay living wills attorney
A living will is a separate document from a will and comes into play when you are still alive but are unable to make healthcare decisions for yourself. You put in writing exactly what type of medical care you want or do not want. For example, do you want life sustaining medical care no matter what the situation is, or do you prefer palliative care only. You also name a person you trust, who is referred to as your agent, who will make sure your wishes are followed.
In Pennsylvania, your agent may not be your physician or the owner/manager of a health care facility where you reside unless that person is also related to you by blood, marriage or adoption. People generally name a spouse, adult child, trusted friend or partner to be their agent. The agent does not have to live in Pennsylvania, but must be willing to travel to the state if your health requires them to make decisions for you.