Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace provides comprehensive estate planning services to individuals, families, and business owners throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Region. We know that no two estates are alike, and each client has unique needs and goals. When you consult with us, we will help you to design an estate plan that achieves your objectives.
Whether you require a will-based plan or you can benefit from establishing trusts, rest assured your interests will be protected. Our experienced estate planning attorneys are well-versed in the applicable trusts and estate laws and will provide you with trustworthy advice so you can make informed decisions about your future. Contact us today so we can start working on your estate plan.
Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Western Pennsylvania
While many are aware that a will provides for the management and distribution of their assets after they die, a well-conceived estate plan can help to achieve a number of lifetime objectives, such as providing for a loved one with special needs, incapacity planning, tax planning, and wealth preservation.
At Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, we will take the time to listen to your concerns and tailor an estate plan to your objectives. We are highly experienced in designing a wide range of estate planning tools, such as:
Revocable Living Trust
As the name implies, a revocable living trust allows you to transfer your property into the trust while continuing to manage it during your lifetime. The main purpose of a living trust is to avoid probate, which becomes unnecessary because you no longer own the property. Another benefit of a revocable living trust is that it allows you to plan for incapacity by naming a trustee to manage the trust property in the event you suffer an incapacitating illness or injury.
Unlike a living trust, an irrevocable trust cannot be changed, altered, or modified during your lifetime. At the same time, an irrevocable trust does not need to be probated and can help to minimize and/or avoid estate taxes. There are a variety of irrevocable trusts that can help you achieve objectives such as long-term care planning, providing for a loved one with special needs, or leaving a charitable legacy.
Durable Power of Attorney
A well-conceived estate plan should include a durable power of attorney. This document allows you to appoint an agent to manage your personal and business affairs (e.g. paying debts, managing property, and investments) if you become incapacitated.
Estate Planning: Advance Health Care Directive
Also referred to as a healthcare proxy, this estate planning tool is used to designate a healthcare representative to make decisions about the medical care you should receive if you cannot speak for yourself due to an illness or injury.
A living will is another type of advance directive that declares the type of end-of-life care you wish to receive or have withheld (e.g. ventilator, feeding tube) if you cannot communicate your preferences.
A guardianship may become necessary to protect the wellbeing of a loved one and his or her estate in the event of an incapacitating illness or injury.
As you can see, estate planning is not merely about deciding who gets what after you die; a comprehensive estate plan can help you navigate life’s transitions. When you consult with our experienced trust and estate attorneys, you will have peace of mind knowing that you, your assets, and your loved ones will be protected.
The Trusted Choice in Estate Planning
At Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace, our services are not limited to merely drawing up estate planning documents. We know that there is no “one size fits all” plan, which is why we will take the time to learn about your life and your family and design an estate plan that is best suited to your needs.
We believe that planning an estate is not a once and done arrangement. When you partner with us, we will provide ongoing counsel to help you align your estate plan with life’s transitions: starting a family, buying a home, acquiring wealth, retirement, and the unexpected events that may arise. We also understand the unique needs of business owners and work to design succession plans as part of a comprehensive estate planning strategy.
Our trust and estate attorneys also guide clients through the probate and estate administration process and pursue and defend estate litigation in the event of disagreements regarding the disposition of an estate. Regardless of your financial and family circumstances, we will provide you with the informed representation you need and the individual attention you deserve
Contact Our Experienced Pittsburgh Estate Planning Attorneys
For generations, clients from all walks of life throughout Western Pennsylvania have relied on the advice and guidance of Jones, Gregg, Creehan & Gerace for all their estate planning needs. We have a well-earned reputation as highly skilled attorneys who provide our clients with compassionate, efficient representation and dependable service. Estate planning need not be complicated; it’s simply about preparing for your financial future. Contact our office today to get started planning your estate.