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Practice Areas: Estate Planning and Probate


While most people shy away from discussions involving their own death, establishing an estate plan is one the most important things a person can do to ensure that their family and loved ones are provided for when they are gone.  At Frankel & Kershenbaum, we strive to help our clients to create an estate plan that fulfills their personal objectives in a manner that maximizes the transfer of their wealth to their heirs while minimizing the burden on their loved ones during the probate process.

Frankel & Kershenbaum maintains a substantial estate law practice. We have a great deal of experience representing individuals involved in estate planning and administration, as well as probate litigation, and can help you get through this difficult time.

We handle all aspects of estate law, including but not limited to:

•    Wills (drafting and probating)
•    Trusts (including Special Needs Trusts for families with a disabled member)
•    Probate
•    Inheritance Tax Preparation
•    Probate Litigation and Will Contests
•    Powers of Attorney
•    Health Care Powers of Attorney and Advanced Health Care Directives (Living Will)
•    Guardianships


Caring for a child with special needs is both challenging and rewarding. Unfortunately, many parents also find that the extra care required by children with mental, physical and/or emotional challenges leaves little time to think about planning for the future. But this type of planning, known as special needs estate planning or special needs planning, is critical to securing your child’s future quality of life.  Though special needs planning can seem like a daunting task, our clients have found that developing a comprehensive plan to provide for their children’s future brings great peace of mind.  At Frankel & Kershenbaum, our experienced lawyers possess the special needs estate planning expertise to help you ensure that your child is cared for even after you become unable to provide this care yourself.

Special needs planning encompasses many areas of the law, such as trusts and estates, public benefits law, and health care law. With a depth of knowledge in these areas, the special needs estate planning attorneys at Frankel & Kershenbaum help clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey develop special needs trusts, wills, letters of intent, powers of attorney, health care directives and other means of ensuring that disabled individuals will enjoy a lifetime of care, assistance and financial security. Our attorneys also help parents determine, maximize and preserve their child’s eligibility for government benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Special needs estate planning requires a careful balancing of resources and each child and family’s unique needs. Thus, it is wise to consult with an attorney who focuses on this special practice area. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.
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