Local Lawyers Practicing Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Trusts, Elder Law, Real Estate, Business Formation and Commercial Transactions
Serving Schuylkill, Northumberland, and Columbia Counties, PA
Strouse & Strouse Serve the Legal Needs of the Community
Since 1933, Strouse and Strouse continues to serve the legal needs of our community, with decades of experience in estate planning, wills and trusts, powers of attorney, elder law, the sale, purchase and financing of real estate, the startup and management of corporations and LLCs, and commercial transactions.
Evening and week end appointments are readily available. We strive to accommodate your busy schedule and minimize your time away from your other obligations. When you need of any of our services, we are just a phone call away. Call us today at (570) 875-3740 to schedule a consultation.
Estate Planning, Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trust
Making certain your wishes for the care of your family after you die is something everyone should think about. You are never too young to create an estate plan. As family members grows in size and mature, your estate planning goals will change. So an estate plan should be reviewed periodically.
Creating a comprehensive estate plan involves much more than just writing a will. Sometimes it is important to have a trust in place so you can control the circumstances in which one or more of your beneficiaries enjoy their inheritance. A trust can be part of your will or a separate document. And, in most instances, it is very important to have in place an appropriate power of attorney to a trusted family member or friend.
Having a knowledgeable, experienced attorney help you develop a comprehensive estate plan is vitally important. Strouse and Strouse would be pleased to meet with you to work you through the process.
Estate Administration Services
Along with our estate planning services, we also offer estate administration services. Estate administration is the process of collecting and managing the assets of an estate, paying debts and taxes, accounting to the beneficiaries for the estate’s activities, and distributing the net assets to the beneficiaries. An estate is administered by a Personal Representative (an Executor named in the deceased person’s will, or, if the deceased person did not have a will, an Administrator, who typically is a close family member).
The Personal Representative’s job is to make sure that steps in the process of the administration are followed, the assets are handled correctly, the debts, taxes and costs paid timely and in the right order, and to report all these activities to the beneficiaries as the net assets are distributed to them.
Our firm works closely with an estate’s Personal Representative on all aspects of the administration process and typically takes care of the day-to-day tasks so the Personal Representative is free to deal with the big decisions.
What is commonly known as Elder Law is basically estate planning for seniors and those who are going to be seniors in the not-too-distant future which takes into focused consideration the possibility of a prolonged nursing home or assisted living facility stay, and, where the stay is already a reality or imminent, planning for those services and working out how they will be paid while also taking care of your family. Part of the process can include navigating through the Medicaid application process if you need help paying for nursing home care.
Real Estate Attorney
Our firm is available to assist you when you need a real estate attorney, from assisting with negotiating the terms of the transaction, preparing or reviewing a buy-sell or rental agreement, working with your lender on your purchase of a new property or refinancing a property you already own, obtaining title insurance, to closing services. If you plan to sell real estate, we are available to assist you through the sales process, including negotiating, writing, and reviewing contracts, and closing the sale.
Business Start-Ups and Commercial Transactions
If you are contemplating starting a new business, we can work with you and your other advisors with the formation of a new corporation, partnership, or limited liability company.
If you go into a business enterprise with one or more other people, it is important to consider what will happen if one of you wants to leave the business, becomes disabled or dies. The way to handle those possibilities is to make sure that all the business’s owners have a written agreement governing what happens. We can help you develop the appropriate agreement.
In addition to business startups, if you have an interest in buying a business or own a business which you would like to sell, we would be happy to work with you and your other advisors through the entire process, from negotiations to closing.
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Strouse & Strouse
Hours of Operation
Monday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment