The Law Office of Randy Zimmerman
Attorneys serving Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Huntingdon, and Snyder Counties

Estate Planning And Administration

Estate planning can be an overwhelming process for a number of reasons. First of all, no one likes to contemplate their own mortality. But even beyond that, there are big decisions to be made that could influence your end-of-life care as well as the financial well-being of your family. Faced with challenges like these, too many people put off estate planning as long as possible.

The good news is that a skilled attorney can make the process much easier and less stressful. At the Law Office of Randy Zimmerman, our estate planning lawyers will guide you every step of the way.

We start with a discussion about your needs and goals. We then take the time to fully explain your legal options and the potential pros and cons of each option. Finally, we create an estate plan that is comprehensive, legally sound and customized to you.

Our Estate Planning Services

Typical estate plans and planning discussions may include any or all of the following:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Designating powers of attorney
  • Designating medical powers of attorney
  • Living wills (sometimes called advance healthcare directives)
  • Nursing home (financial) planning
  • Devising and implementing an asset-protection strategy

In cases where it may be appropriate, we will also discuss more complex strategies like lifetime asset transfers (bequeathing inheritances while still alive). While there are certainly benefits to such strategies, they can also come with significant risks. Our policy is to never pursue a strategy that jeopardizes the welfare or future security of our clients.

Speaking of the future, we realize that estate plans need to be modified and updated from time to time. We are happy to make these changes, and usually offer a discounted rate to returning clients.

How Our Estate Administration Services Differ From Competitors

When offering estate administration services, most law firms in Pennsylvania charge a certain percentage of the estate's total value. Under this billing structure, particularly high-asset estates end up paying large fees, regardless of the amount of work needed.

At the Law Office of Randy Zimmerman, our estate administration services are billed at an hourly rate. Billing in this way is a better reflection of the services being performed, and it often results in significant cost reductions for clients.

Need An Estate Plan? Call Us Today To Get Started.

Our Mifflintown estate planning attorneys serve clients throughout Juniata County, Mifflin County and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment, call us at 717-436-8221 or fill out our online contact form.

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