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Estate Planning & Administration

The attorneys of Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP provide specialized counseling to create innovative solutions that meet your many estate planning needs. Our estate planning and administration practice:

  • provides advice and counseling to anticipate the needs of individuals and businesses
  • protects their financial security when the transfer of business interests and other property is necessitated by retirement or in the event of death or disability

The Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP estate planning and administration practice provides advice and solutions in the following representative areas:

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills and will contests
  • Drafting
  • Federal Estate Tax Planning
  • Federal Gift Tax Planning
  • State Inheritance Tax Advice
  • Competency Issues and Guardianships
  • Creating Trusts and Other Fiduciary Arrangements
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate

Helping executors

Among our goals is assisting executors through the intricacies of the estate settlement process, including:

  • provision of tax planning services
  • preparation of fiduciary documents
  • representation at probate hearings

Whether you require the creation of an intricate intervivos trust, fiduciary tax accounting, federal estate tax planning, or a simple will, we work closely with executors to insure expeditious, professional handling of administration and distribution details.

Attorneys you can trust to plan your future

At Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP, we have decades of experience in preparing estate plans. We guide our clients through each step of the estate planning process. Our lawyers analyze families’ financial circumstances and objectives, educate them about estate planning options, and draft and implement the estate plan.

Contact us

If you have questions or are in need of business related legal representation, contact Leonard, Sciolla, Hutchison, Leonard & Tinari, LLP today by calling 215-567-1530.

 

Attorneys who practice Estate Planning & Administration: John J. Leonard, Keith N. Leonard, Stephen J. Labroli, Heidi E. Anderson .

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    The majority of people sign many contracts during their lives, but how many actually read them? And how many of those people ever try to change the terms of a contract? It is important to read contracts before you sign, and even more important to know what it all means. Attempting to change terms in a contract can be in your best interest, particularly now that arbitration provisions are routinely included in them. This provision requires parties to the contract to arbitrate (bring the matter before an impartial person) rather than litigate (bring the matter into court) any disputes or claims that may arise out of the agreement. In other words, signing an agreement with an arbitration provision means that you are foregoing your right to a jury trial.

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  • Where should a workers' compensation claim be filed?

    Where should a workers’ compensation claim be filed if an employee lives in one state, but works in another? According to an April decision from a New Jersey appellate court, a claim can be filed and heard in the state of your residence even if you worked exclusively in the state where you were injured. In that case, the employee was injured at his job in New York and filed a workers’ compensation claim in New York. He later filed another claim in New Jersey. Initially, the New Jersey Division of Worker’s Compensation dismissed the employee’s petition for lack of jurisdiction. But in April, the appellate court reversed that decision after finding that the employment contract was created in New Jersey because the employee accepted his job over the phone from his New Jersey residence.

  • Partner Keith Leonard to present at National Business Institute seminar

    Keith Leonard is scheduled to give two different presentations at the National Business Institute’s (NBI) two-day course, “Real Estate Transactions from A to Z.” Mr. Leonard’s presentations, “Curing Title Defects before Closing” and “Handling the Closing: Critical Essentials for Smooth Transactions” will be both be held on the second day of the seminar. The event gives attorneys and other real estate professionals to learn about the latest developments in the industry.

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