Allentown Lawyer Helps Secure Clients’ Legacies with Wills and Trusts
Accomplished attorney provides effective guidance for Pennsylvania estates of all sizes
Developing a comprehensive estate plan is not just a smart financial move, but a way to ensure that loved ones won’t face undue stress during an already difficult time. For more than 50 years, attorney Robert E. Donatelli in Allentown has helped people throughout Lehigh and Northampton counties create sound wills and trusts that preserve their assets and protect their families. Well regarded by clients and colleagues alike, Mr. Donatelli has earned an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, a recognition of his legal ability and ethics by attorneys familiar with his work. Whether your estate is relatively simple or highly complex, he will work closely with you to establish a comprehensive plan that not only safeguards your assets but also addresses important guardianship and medical decisions.
Law firm prepares professional documents to build an optimal estate plan
Robert E. Donatelli takes a detailed look at each client’s circumstances and goals before preparing their estate plan. From there, he drafts clear, complete legal documents to achieve those objectives, including:
- Wills — Your will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children, and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. After receiving informed counsel, you will understand your options to provide for family members and charitable causes.
- Trusts — In many cases, a trust can help individuals transfer what they own without forcing beneficiaries to go through Pennsylvania’s complicated probate process. Robert E. Donatelli can establish trusts tailored to your specific needs.
- Living wills — No matter your age or health, a living will is a vital aspect of any estate plan. This advance directive ensures that your choices regarding medical treatment will be honored should you be incapacitated by injury or illness.
- Guardianship provisions — Parents of minor children have a moral obligation to protect and provide for their sons and daughters in every circumstance. Attorney Robert E. Donatelli can set forth parental instructions that specify who will care for your children in the event of your death. These directions are especially important in single-parent households and incidents when both parents die in an accident. You can also make arrangements for your pets in your will, including naming a guardian who will be responsible for their care.
Whether you are concerned about tax consequences, out-of-state property, or any other issue, Robert E. Donatelli has the knowledge and experience to provide the comprehensive advice you need.
Experienced adviser handles Pennsylvania probate matters
Whether you are an estate representative or a potential heir, skilled counsel can help you manage probate matters efficiently. Attorney Robert E. Donatelli handles the entire process for clients, including filing of the will, gathering assets, Orphans’ Court actions, and distribution of the decedent’s property. Pennsylvania does have simplified procedures for smaller estates; Mr. Donatelli can evaluate your situation to determine if those procedures are a suitable option.
Thorough legal counselor reviews existing wills and makes necessary changes
Even if you have a will, it may need to be revised due to changes in your relationships, lifestyle or financial status. If you have not reviewed your final instructions recently, Robert E. Donatelli can help you analyze whether your will reflects your current situation and priorities. When revisions are appropriate, he can help draft the relevant language and ensure that your legal directions are current, clear and accurate.
Contact a knowledgeable Allentown wills and trusts attorney for a consultation
Robert E. Donatelli advises Pennsylvania clients on a full range of estate planning matters, including the creation of wills and trusts. Please call 610-391-1800 or contact him online to schedule a consultation at his Allentown office.