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How the death of a custodial parent is handled legally

When a Pennsylvania custodial parent dies, the noncustodial parent may then get custody of the child. However, if the noncustodial parent is a father, establishing paternity must be the first step. Paternity has already been established if the father's name is on the birth certificate or the father has signed an acknowledgement of paternity that has been filed in court.

Case demonstrates the importance of terminology in divorce cases

Pennsylvanians who are planning to divorce should be aware that their divorce court orders regarding property division may be invalidated if their spouses subsequently file for bankruptcy in certain cases. A recent decision in Georgia illustrated the point that family courts do not have jurisdiction to make orders affecting the ability of bankruptcy courts to decide what debts are dischargeable.

Did you forget to include Fido in your estate plan?

When you think about estate planning, the usual questions come to mind: what happens to your money or property when you pass away, who should be named a guardian for your minor children or what kind of funeral arrangements you prefer. There are some common mistakes you want to avoid, however, such as forgetting to plan for the wellbeing of your pets or the handling of your social media.

Estate planning tips

Without a proper estate plan, litigation and taxes may take a toll on inherited assets. However, there are certain things Pennsylvania residents can do to ensure that their estate will be handled in the manner they prefer.

The duties of those named executor of their parent's will

Pennsylvania residents who have been appointed to execute their parent's will have a large responsibility of ensuring their parent's last wishes are fulfilled. Executors should take time to review the will with their parent, if possible, to make sure their expectations are clear and that important matters are addressed. This step could help avoid family contentions and hurt feelings.

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