Estate planning often feels overwhelming. Adding to a person's trepidation, discussions about estate planning typically involves discussing issues of life and death. Further, the person who is attempting to plan their estate must make many critical decisions, especially when it comes to trusts.
A trust is one of the most beneficial documents you can add to an estate plan. It helps ensure that your loved ones are provided for upon your death, and it can minimize the probate process. However, simply drafting and signing a trust document does not complete the process of creating a trust.
After a loved one dies, one of the most common legal questions from surviving family members is how long probate will take. This is a fair question, since throughout the process, the executor and family members may feel responsible for maintaining the property-and they may be unable to move forward with their lives until they have permission from the Pennsylvania probate court. Additionally, some heirs may be relying on their inheritance.