Recently, many Lancaster County residents received an email from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health emphasizing the significance of being prepared for a medical emergency and having the necessary documents, such as an advance directive. In light of this reminder, we want to delve deeper into advanced care planning and highlight the importance of having updated
Google Law Library – Why Google should not be your sole legal resource
The internet provides us with access to infinite information and helps us find answers in nearly every aspect of life. The second our pet starts acting weird, our car engine light goes on, or the toilet doesn’t flush properly, we immediately use Google to find the easy solution to our problem. Sometimes the very first…
2022 National Estate Planning Week
Did you know that October 17-October 23, 2022 is National Estate Planning Week? National Estate Planning Week was established in 2008, in an effort to highlight the importance of having an updated estate plan.
It is widely estimated that up to 60% of Americans do not have a Will. As an attorney who focuses primarily…
Updating Your Estate Planning Documents for a Digital World
Several years ago, I wrote a blog article about the three estate planning documents every person should have. Fast forward to today, and my recommendation has not changed. Every person over the age of eighteen should have a Will, a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will, and a Financial Power of Attorney.
It is important to have all three documents because they each do different things and are effective at different times. But how often do you really need to update them? And can’t the internet write most of these for you anyway? Let’s take a closer look.
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Lancaster Bar Association is Offering Classroom Heroes Free Living Wills
2020 has been a year of adapting, readapting, and then adapting again in an effort to combat a global pandemic. Those in education have been hit particularly hard. Most educators and administrators have had to develop multiple contingency plans, often with little warning.
The Lancaster Bar Association is concerned about the impact these unprecedented times are having on educators and the increased responsibilities they have been taking on. Our teachers and administrators are putting themselves at risk daily to ensure the children of our community continue to get the education they need. Some, like Manheim Township counselor Alexandra Chitwood, have even lost their lives.
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What is a Living Will, and Why do I Need One?
As we enter another month of the Covid-19 pandemic, the stories of people becoming gravely ill without a Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will continue to mount. Recently, a doctor on a Covid-19 unit shared a story about a young man who required a ventilator to breathe. He never expressed to his family what his wishes would be in this situation, leaving them to guess.
To further complicate matters, his parents did not agree on a course of action for their son. It added strife and stress to an already unimaginably hard situation. This particular stress could have been avoided if the young man had a Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will.
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Pennsylvania Joins 46 Other States in Adopting Laws to Provide Access to Digital Assets
So you made the jump and finally decided to go paperless on all of your billing and banking! Think of all the space and trees you will save eliminating that excess paper from your daily life. But what happens if you can no longer access those accounts?
I don’t mean what happens if you lose…
Will My Living Will Prevent Me From Having a Ventilator for COVID-19?
When I am preparing a client’s living will, it is by far the most common choice for them to indicate that they desire no extraordinary measures. One of the extraordinary measures specifically spelled out in a living will is mechanical ventilation.
But what if you need a ventilator for a COVID-19-related hospitalization?
Probating During COVID-19
The March 16, 2020 declaration of a statewide judicial emergency has dramatically reduced the functions of the Lancaster County Courthouse. This declaration has also closed the Lancaster County Register of Wills, effectively halted the probating of any wills in Lancaster County. Consequently, all estates requiring probate have been in a holding pattern.
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Discussing Your Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will is So Much More Than What You Want at the End of Life
George has dementia and is no longer able to make medical decisions for himself. Physically, George is fairly healthy, but has developed some heart issues that would benefit from a pacemaker. Prior to developing dementia, George appointed his niece Amanda to be his Health Care Agent and drafted a Living Will, wherein he stated he did not want any heroic measure in the event he was in an end-stage of a terminal illness. George told Amanda “I don’t want to be hooked up to all those machines. Just let me die!” But that was the extent of their conversation. Amanda was close to George when she was younger, but didn’t have a chance to see him too often in recent years. Now she needs to decide whether Uncle George should receive the pacemaker, which would probably prolong his life. But would he want to prolong his life given his advanced dementia?
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