Certainty

 

Professionalism

 

Precision

 

Compassion

 

Responsiveness

ESTATE PLANNING

Estate Planning is about creating certainty by anticipating potential future scenarios and implementing a plan that will produce a particular result regardless of the variables inherent to those scenarios. In plainer English, this means that we meet clients, review their current situations and goals, and produce a plan that encompasses all

of the what ifs that may

inevitably occur in any

of our lives. It may

be impossible to

predict the future, but our firm prides itself on our ability to plan around a multitude of probabilities. The result for all clients, we are proud to say, is certainty.

ELDER LAW

"Elder Law" is

a general term

for the legal

practice areas

devoted to care for, or protection of, the elderly. Depending on the context, it may refer to estate planning or Medicaid planning, or another type of legal interest. In our practice, we view our elder law practice as encompassing the financial and physical protection of our area senior citizens.

The focus of elder law planning is the successful transition of a person from independence to semi-independence, which often includes the protection of that person's assets for the spouse or children.

CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAW

Attorney Erde represents individuals charged with crimes ranging from first degree felonies down to summary traffic offenses. He is admitted to practice before the Court of Common Pleas, the Superior Court of Pennsy-

lvania and the

Pennsylvania Supreme

Court, as well as in the

United States District

Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  He has significant trial experience both prosecuting and defending individuals for offenses including:  Driving Under the Influence, Drug Violations, Felonies, Misdemeanors, Sexual Offenses, Traffic Offenses, Theft Offenses, Probation and Parole Violations.

ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

The pain of losing a

loved one can be life-

changing, and the

goal of our firm's

estate administration

practice is to ease

the burden of an executor's legal obligations following a loved one's death. We work with executors and personal representatives residing Crawford County and throughout the country, helping them administer the estates of deceased relatives. We provide a straightforward and efficient approach to estate administration without losing sight of the personal aspect that is so important to our work.

OIL, GAS & MINERALS LAW

As Pennsylvania enjoys its second oil boom as a result of the Marcellus and Utica Shales, residents of Pennsylvania need to protect themselves and their property. Our firm can help you make decisions that are both wise and profitable by providing you with information that is up to date and reliable. Our firm

represents

landowners in the

planning for income

and wealth from

these resources

and ensures your

family's future wealth is protected from unnecessary estate taxes and future long-term care needs.

MEDICAID PLANNING

One of the most important components of planning for long-term care is paying for it. Even for clients with considerable savings, entry into skilled nursing homes should immediately involve discussions with a lawyer about what, if any, planning

measures are 

appropriate. 

Skilled nursing care

can be covered by 

Medicaid if a person or

couple qualifies.

Attorneys can be of significant help

in this qualification process, and assisting in helping widows and couples protect a lifetime's worth of savings. 

REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENT

The buying or selling of property, whether it is a home, a business, or an investment property, is often a mixture of both fun and frustration. Our job is to guide you through the process, so that your purchase or sale is handled with a minimum of frustration. Whenever you are buying or selling personal or business property, we are here to help you with the necessary title work, sales agreement, closing documents, and all other details,

ensuring that your

rights are protected

at every step. Like

you, we want your 

purchase or sale to

proceed smoothly and without delay, and we commit ourselves to making that happen.

BUSINESS PLANNING SERVICES

The owning and running of a business can be exciting, challenging, and frightening, all at the same time. If you are thinking of starting a new business, our firm is ready to advise you as to how to do so in the most prudent and cost-effective way, and to prepare the

necessary

documents as you

proceed. If you are

an existing business,

we are ready to help

you avoid problems and pitfalls and deal with them should they arise.  We are here to help you expedite daily operations with the preparation of contracts and agreements of all types and sorts, including personnel policies and employee agreements that will protect your rights as an owner. 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING

Planning for children and adults with special needs is a cornerstone of good planning, and requires a family to look towards the future needs of the individual. Every year, we assist families with estate plans that contemplate a child's future need for public benefits, and design estate plans that contemplate that child's future needs. In addition,

for families who

require guardian-

ships of minor or

adult family

members, our firm

works to ensure that

proper care is paid to

appointing individuals to oversee a disabled family member's health and financial needs. In many cases, complex trust work can be required to ensure that a family member safely enjoys the benefits to which he or she may be entitled, in addition to the wealth of family members.