Estate Planning And Probate

Estate planning is about more than just deciding who will inherit your possessions and assets when you pass. In fact, estate planning is so important, in part, because Americans are living longer than ever before.

Your plan will include documents related to your preferences for medical care later in life and who should make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you ever become incapacitated. Making these arrangements now could minimize costs, stress and uncertainty later on.

Estate Planning Services

At John C. Lackatos, P.C., we can help you draft or update an estate plan that meets your unique needs and goals. Typical aspects of an estate plan include:

  • A will
  • One or more trusts (ranging from simple to complex)
  • Durable financial power of attorney
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • A designated executor (sometimes called a personal representative)

In cases involving people with certain disabilities, we are able to assist with guardianships of adults, also known as conservatorships.

Our goal is to help you draft an estate plan that is clear, efficient and in compliance with Pennsylvania and federal laws.

Probate Representation

Probate can be a complex process and can result in your loved one's assets being distributed in a manner contrary to their intent. Hiring a good attorney is crucial. Our firm promises to guide you through the probate process as quickly and efficiently as possible. In doing so, we try to minimize unnecessary expenses, prevent family conflict and reduce the likelihood that future legal intervention will be needed.

Contact Us For A Free Discussion Of Your Estate Planning Needs

From its office in Franklin, John C. Lackatos, P.C., offers free initial consultations to prospective clients in Venango County, Clarion County, Crawford County and Mercer County. To discuss your estate planning and probate needs with an experienced lawyer, call us at 814-346-7286. You can also reach us via email.