October 17-23, 2016 is National Estate Planning Awareness Week
October 17th, 2016
In 2008, Congress passed a resolution that recognizes the third week of October each year as Estate Planning Week. Over 120 million Americans do not have an up-to-date estate plan in place to protect themselves and their families in the event of accidents, illness, or untimely death.
Estate planning, which includes preparation of Last Will and Testaments, is a strategy that helps ensure your financial security throughout your lifetime and ensures the intended transfer of your property and assets upon passing. It can:
- Preserve your estate for your loved ones
- Control the distribution of your assets
- Designate someone to act on your behalf should you not be able to make your own decisions regarding financial affairs and medical issues
- Protect your privacy
- Help reduce Pennsylvania State and Federal estate taxes and provide a plan for payment of death taxes
If you have had any life changes, such as marriage, divorce or a re-marriage, or if you are part of a committed relationship, childbirth or adoption, if someone in your family has recently been designated as special needs, if your children have recently turned 18, if your net worth has changed significantly, or if you have any health issues, or want to put your affairs in order for your loved ones, you should consider updating your plan. If it has been a while since you reviewed your plan, we strongly suggest you take another look, as several laws may have changed since you created your plan. If you do not have an estate plan in place, we urge you to begin the process right away.
The attorneys at HKQ Law can assist you with your estate plan, and guide you with tax planning strategies, including lifetime giving. A little time spent today will make sure that you and your loved ones are well protected. Call us at (800) 760-1529, or visit us online at hkqlaw.com.
Eighteen lawyers strong, the Law Firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn represents Business Law, Personal Law and Personal Injury clients in Lackawanna, Luzerne and surrounding northeastern PA counties for more than half a century. Under the leadership of Attorney Allan M. Kluger, the firm’s experienced Business Law Team has decades of demonstrated expertise in areas such as banking and finance, creditor’s rights, commercial litigation, corporate law, employment law on behalf of employers, labor law, real estate, zoning and land use, and telecommunications.
The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.
About Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn, PC
Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Reports, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.
The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history, totaling over a half billion dollars on behalf of injured clients. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).
Attorney Joseph A. Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm for personal injury and medical malpractice litigation in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.
Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.
Additional information can be found at www.HKQLaw.com or by calling (800) 760-1529.