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March 2015 Archives

Consider the costs of health care now so your heirs don't have to

If you're like a lot of our Harrisburg readers, then you've probably started considering your estate plan, including what you'd like to give to your loved ones and how you want it distributed to them. As you may be finding out though, there is a lot more to estate planning than just this. You must also consider power of attorney, health care directives and perhaps most importantly, setting aside money for health care costs.

Will my same-sex partner pay inheritance tax when I die?

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Windsor v. United States, their decision affected a lot more than just estate and tax laws. It also affected marriage laws across the nation, forcing legislatures to reconsider the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans and whether they were truly affording same-sex couples the rights they deserved. In May 2014, Pennsylvania legalized same-sex marriage, opening the doors to the same benefits opposite-sex couples have been privy to for decades.