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 HKQ Law 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.