If you live in Pennsylvania and another Pennsylvania resident named you the executor over his or her estate, you face unique responsibilities that you must take care of within a timely, efficient manner. Serving as someone’s executor can require that you perform any number of duties, among them publicizing the estate, paying off any debts and seeing to it that beneficiaries receive their allocations. The process can prove complicated, however, and many first-time executors make similar errors. John A. Cochran recognizes the many areas in which executors commonly make mistakes, and he has helped many clients in similar situations work their way through the process.
It can be scary to think about, but at some point in your life you may become too old or infirm to competently manage your financial affairs. Mental incapacitation can leave you open for manipulation by an unscrupulous party seeking to siphon off your wealth, or at least, leave your finances vulnerable to other parties who may simply not have your or your family’s best interests at heart. That’s where a power of attorney comes in. You have the option of granting someone in Pennsylvania power of attorney duties to handle your estate in the event you are unable to do so.
Many people are overwhelmed by the thought of tackling their estate plan. It is an inherently difficult topic to ruminate and discuss because at the center of it all is the idea of death. You are preparing for your inevitable death, and what happens to your life savings and collections when it arrives. That's incredibly hard to get past, and it can drive people away from the estate planning process -- even though it is an incredibly important part of your life.