Helping Families with Legal Issues After the Death of a Loved One
When probate administration is necessary to settle a loved one’s estate in the Lehigh Valley, it does not have to be confusing or intimidating. Call Our Probate Attorneys today, 610-391-9500.
What is the PA Inheritance Tax?
While Pennsylvania does not impose an estate tax due after the death of an individual, PA is one of only seven states that imposes an inheritance tax upon individuals receiving assets from a decedent living in Pennsylvania or a non-resident decedent who owned real estate or tangible property in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax is assessed on almost all property owned by an individual at the time of death and has differing tax rates depending on the recipient’s relationship to the decedent.
The PA Inheritance Tax rates for 2020 are as follows:
- Assets to Legally Married Spouses and Charities = 0%
- Assets to Children, Grandchildren, and Direct Descendants = 4.5%
- Assets to Siblings = 12%
- Assets to Others (Includes Nieces/Nephews, Cousins, Friends, etc.) = 15%
Reduce tax and distribute assets as quickly as possible is what we strive to accomplish for our clients.
At Snyder & Wiles, PC, we have a strong reputation for success in the Lehigh Valley that often results in referrals. Our attorneys can handle estates of any size and resolve all matters that arise during the probate process whether it be in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon or Berks Counties, with over 22 years experience:
- Avoiding probate through estate planning
- Savings on Inheritance Tax
- Estates without wills or other estate planning
- Inheritance disputes
- Estate and executor issues
- Inheritance tax planning
Our probate attorneys are skilled at minimizing death and inheritance tax liabilities, while ensuring the wishes of the deceased are followed. Using a thorough and proactive approach, we work quickly to minimize the taxes owed by an estate. We also do post-mortem estate planning to reduce death tax liability – all with the goal of maximizing the amount of money available in an estate to provide as much for the family as possible.
We have extensive experience handling the probate process, as well as assisting and representing many clients during probate litigation and will contests. Our probate lawyers can expedite the probate process by ensuring all documents are accurately and thoroughly prepared. In addition, if a will is challenged, we are prepared with experts and other elder care resources to defend the terms and execution of the will in question. Our goal is to transfer the assets of your loved one as quickly as possible.
In every area of law, it is important to have a strong personal connection between attorney and clients, and this connection is especially key when it comes to your family. When it comes time to take action, you need to be comfortable with the advice you receive is essential. Contact Snyder & Wiles, PC for a consultation regarding your estate, wills, trusts and probate administration matters. 610-391-9500.
REQUEST YOUR PROBATE CONSULTATION
During your consultation, one of our licensed Probate attorneys will provide you with:
- A summary of facts of your case;
- Legal issues arising from those facts;
- A time-line for resolution of the Estate.
Please include your telephone number and the best way to contact you.
- Big firm quality. Small firm flexibility.
- We take time to understand our clients.
- Committed to helping the Lehigh Valley.
- Attorneys for all aspects of your life.
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Gladys Wiles is a well-known and respected community leader. In addition to her volunteer work to support and enhance the local YWCA, she is a valuable resource among small business owners. Always available for preliminary guidance and direction, Ms. Wiles has a willingness to present general information so those of us outside the field of law know when it is time (or not) to retain an attorney.
Gladys is a very experienced attorney who is responsive to the needs of her clients. She is very well versed in the law and does an excellent job of representing her clients. I would strongly recommend her to anyone in need of an attorney.
Gladys is well known and respected in the legal community as a knowledgeable and caring attorney who advocates strongly for the rights of her clients.
Working with Gladys Wiles was extremely easy. We needed our operating agreement documents re-done and Gladys helped us with this. She was very easy to work with and incredibly knowledgeable about our issue. She delivered the documents before she said she would and we used them right away. I would absolutely use Snyder & Wiles again and would recommend Gladys to anyone who needs legal advice and/or help. She is great!
Attorney Wiles is a knowledgeable lawyer who is generous with her time and expertise. I recommend her.
Professional, caring and thorough. Gladys was a joy to work with, and made many significant suggestions that helped greatly with some very complicated issues. Satisfying to know that this firm is capable of handling all of our future legal needs. 5 Stars!
Attorney Wiles has assisted my entire family in many areas of the law including: estates, real estate, business matters, as well as elder law. She is very thorough and detail oriented, extremely knowledgeable, and compassionate.
Earlier this year my husband and I had Gladys Wiles update our wills and also prepare living wills for each of us. Gladys was a pleasure to work with as she is knowledgeable and efficient and was able to explain the legalese in language I could understand.
Gladys and her team are PHENOMENAL! I had been dragging my feet on updating my will since I moved to PA. Gladys had drafted it 4 years ago but I’d never finalized it. Three days before a major surgery I thought I should get things in order and stopped into Snyder & Wiles office to pick up my old will which they had on file and verify it would suffice should something happen in surgery. I saw Gladys as I entered; she greeted me warmly as always, and after hearing my story told me I wasn’t leaving her office until I had revised and signed the will she drafted earlier. I was absolutely blown away by her compassion, concern and willingness to change her schedule to take care of me. Forty five minutes later I was out the door with signed will in hand. Gladys and her team are absolutely the best and I most highly recommend her — she cares — that’s rare!