Wills & Trusts

Drawing up a will or trust is an essential part of estate planning. Without one, your assets will be divided according to Pennsylvania state law, which may proscribe very different outcomes than those you desire. Even if you are relatively young and in good health, you owe it to your loved ones to make sure that they receive your property in the case of an unexpected tragedy.

The experienced estate planning lawyers at Raffaele Puppio can assist you with everything you need to set up a will or trust in Delaware County. We will carefully describe all your options, so you can properly distribute your wealth to your spouse, your children, charities, and any other beneficiaries after you pass away. When that does happen, we will help clear any legal hurdles that could impede the process and delay or reduce their inheritance.

We also can help you set up a trust, which goes into effect immediately and allows you to distribute some portion of your wealth or assets – such as property or a business – to a beneficiary to manage while you are still alive. An added advantage of a trust is that, unlike a will, it doesn’t fall under the auspices of probate law, removing one potential legal obstacle.

Whatever your needs, the Delaware County estate attorneys at Raffaele Puppio are here to help you with the weighty matter of establishing a will or trust, or to make changes to existing documents. And if any problems surface, our experienced attorneys are well-equipped to tackle them and make sure your wealth is passed on according to your wishes.

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