Wills, Trusts & Estates

Guardianship Attorneys

What if you are gone before your children come of age, or are unable to care for themselves? What if you have a child or other family member who has an incapacity? You’ll want an experienced guardianship attorney to protect your family member’s best interests.

What Is the Role of a Guardian?

A guardian is a person appointed to make decisions for someone else.

What Is the Difference Between Guardianship and Conservatorship?

A person with a conservatorship has someone else managing his or her finances and property. A person has a guardian of the person and the guardian of the estate if he or she is unable to make decisions for him or herself.

What Is the Role of the Court?

The court must decide whether a person is incapacitated and who should be his or her guardian. The process is complicated, but the lawyers at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn have a vast amount of experience in both contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings and are available to discuss your case with you.

What Is an Incapacitated Person?

An incapacitated person is someone who is no longer able to make his or her own decisions.

What Is a Conservator?

A conservator is a person appointed to manage a person’s finances and property.

Wills Attorneys

Did you know, 44% of Americans do not have a will, although 60% think having a will is necessary. Another 13% believe their surviving spouse or children will receive any remaining assets, which isn’t always the case.

Your will is a legal document by which you designate the people who will receive your assets after you pass away. The experienced Wills and Estate Planning Attorneys at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn can help you prepare your will and other estate planning documents so that all of your wishes are upheld, including the appointment of legal guardians for your minor or incapacitated children. A legal will can prevent your property from being distributed according to the provisions of state law. A will does not override a beneficiary designation under a life insurance policy, retirement plan, or a joint form of ownership. Our Estate Planning Attorneys can help you determine if a will is sufficient for your needs. If you have a will, it is also important to review it periodically to make sure it’s accurate and up to date.

In addition to preparing a standard will, the estate planning lawyers at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn can help you draft a living will that will guide your family in making health-care decisions if you become incapacitated. Living wills, often called health-care directives, are documents that instruct health-care providers about the conditions under which you do not want to be artificially sustained by life support. A living will is an important device to protect yourself and ensure that your wishes are carried out, and a properly executed living will prevents a contest between family members. If you do not have a living will, decisions regarding your health care are left to family members, and often they cannot agree or are in conflict about your wishes. A living will ensures that your wishes are respected and will be followed. We also draft a medical power of attorney, which are important based upon the HIPAA laws and grant your designee the power to make medical decisions on your behalf and handle your medical affairs and communicate with your health care professionals.

Trust Attorneys

Ensure that your assets are handled in the way you want them to be during your life and after you are gone.

The Trust Lawyers at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn can help you set up revocable or irrevocable trusts so that your assets are placed in a trust for tax-reduction purposes, shelter reasons and implementation of your intentions, not only during your life, but also after you pass away. The creation of a trust allows you to set up an independent entity that will continue on beyond your lifetime. When you pass on, your trust continues to carry out your wishes.

The lawyers at Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn have significant experience in creating many different types of trusts including spendthrift trusts, marital deduction trusts, special needs trusts, generation skipping trusts, minority trusts, education trusts, asset protection trusts, life insurance trusts, revocable living trusts, charitable trusts and testamentary trusts.

There are many advantages to creating trusts including asset protection to you and your loved ones during your life and after your demise. Meeting with one of the estate planning lawyers in the firm will allow you to ask questions and determine what type of trust, if any, may best suit your current needs.

Estate Planning Attorneys

Estate planning attorneys help you legally determine how your assets will be managed during your lifetime & how to distribute them after your death.

No matter your age or situation, planning for the future is something you should not avoid.

At Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, our caring team of estate planning attorneys will help you plan for the future. We’ll make sound legal decisions about your intentions and the administration of your estate. By guiding you through tax implications, we make sure you have all the appropriate documents in place to make your intentions clear. This way your loved ones don’t have to struggle with difficult decisions in their time of sorrow.

HOURIGAN, KLUGER & QUINN ESTATE PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION

Wilkes Barre Estate Planning AttorneysEstate Planning: How will you protect your spouse and children when you’re gone, or unable to make important decisions? We offer estate planning services such as: health care directives, HIPPA forms, powers of attorney, wills, living wills, trusts, tax-advantageous gift planning, as well as pre-nuptial agreements and asset protection.

Scranton & Wilkes Barre Estate Administration LawyersEstate Administration: Were you just named the executor of an estate, or have questions about death taxes or contested wills? We’ll assist you with estate fiduciary obligation, PA inheritance tax, Federal estate tax and contested wills.

Wilkes Barre Trust LawyersMinor & Incapacitated Trust: What if you are gone before your children come of age, or are unable to care for themselves? You’ll want an experience guardianship attorney to protect your ward’s best interests.

Elderly Care Planning Lawyers in Wilkes Barre & ScrantonElderly Care Planning: With the elderly population growing, protect what your parents (or yourself) worked so hard for. Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn assists in planning asset distribution, long-term care needs including nursing home, assisted or in-home care, Medicaid planning, and powers of attorney or health care proxies. In addition, we can help you and your family plan for the potentially devastating costs of long-term health care.

Inheritance Tax Lawyers in Wilkes Barre & ScrantonInheritance Tax: No matter the amount of inherited property, or relationship to the deceased, Pennsylvania imposes an inheritance tax on most beneficiaries. Depending on your relationship your tax rate may vary.

Domestic Partnerships, Pre Nuptial, Family Estate Planning LawyersNon-traditional Relationships: With a large amount of non-traditional families like blended (stepparents & stepchildren), unmarried, homosexual or heterosexual, with or without children – these family dynamics require special arrangements. Make sure your health care, property division and funeral arrangements are carried out, all while protecting your beneficiaries.

When planning for your future, no matter the size or situation, our team of experienced Estate Planning attorneys will provide you and your family with knowledgeable advice and strategies.