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E-Law

Erie E-Law is a complimentary service of the Erie County Bar Association designed to make basic legal information available to you with ease. You can gain access to E-Law either by reading the information found below or by contacting us to request a copy of the transcripts.

Living Trusts

Wills & Estates

A Living Trust is a written document that sets up a new entity (the Trust) and can direct how assets you deliver to that Trust will be handled during your life and, like a Will, a Living Trust can also direct how assets in the Trust will pass upon your death.

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Small Estates

Wills & Estates

Property of a Pennsylvania decedent is usually subject to administration by the Orphans' Court of the county in which the decedent lived. However, there are numerous exceptions.

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Wills

Wills & Estates

A Will is the cornerstone of your estate plan. It is the way that you can direct how your property will be distributed upon your death and who will be responsible for handling your affairs. A Will is not just about money.

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Trusts

Wills & Estates

A trust can be a helpful tool in a person's estate and business planning. Technical issues can often get confusing, so a basic understanding of the different types of trusts can be of help in deciding whether a trust is appropriate in your situation.

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Power of Attorney

Wills & Estates

A power of attorney is a document by which a person appoints someone else to perform certain legal duties on his or her behalf. The appointed person is called the “agent.” The term "power of attorney" does not mean that the agent has to be a lawyer. Any adult can be the appointed agent, provided that both parties agree.

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Inheritance and Estate Taxes

Wills & Estates

Two types of taxes can affect the estates of Pennsylvania residents - Pennsylvania's inheritance tax and the Federal estate tax. The two taxes work in very different ways. Some assets are subject to the Pennsylvania Inheritance tax but not the federal tax. The rates of tax are very different.

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Guardianship

Wills & Estates

A guardian is a person given the power and the duty to take care of and manage the property and rights of another person by the court. A ward is a person placed by authority of law under the care of a guardian.

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Advance Health Care Declarations (Living Wills)

Wills & Estates

While all of us are concerned with medical care in the event we suffer a medical emergency, many of us are also concerned about so-called "heroic measures" when medical treatment cannot save our lives but only prolong the process of death.

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