Our Process and Services

At Sechler Law Firm, LLC our goal is to help you understand your options so that you can make well-informed decisions. Our Estate Planning process is designed to help families make the best decisions given their specific situation. Whether you want to appoint a guardian for your young child or to leave an inheritance to your great-grandchild, we’d love to help.

We also help families navigate the long-term care maze to find the best care solution for their loved one. We can also assist in post-death administration of a loved one’s estate or trust.

Please review the descriptions of the services below and simply give us a call to get started.

Estate Planning

Unfortunately, many lawyers and online document preparation services use the same form documents regardless of the family’s circumstances. At Sechler Law Firm, we don’t simply provide documents. We work with you to provide a customized plan that matches your specific concerns.

Customized planning, however, doesn’t have to be difficult for you. We strive to make the process easy. You may find that you identify with one of the Estate Planning Phases listed below. Although no two families’ concerns are the same, these general phases help us guide the conversation so that we can make suggestions on planning options and give advice on topics you may not even be considering.

If you don’t identify with one of the phases, no big deal! We’d be happy to discuss your family’s specific goals and concerns.

The first step to a great plan for your family is to simply give us a call. Depending on your specific situation, we will invite you to join us for a Free Workshop or initial consultation. Our team is waiting to point you in the right direction.

New Beginnings

This Phase is highlighted by new careers, young marriages, first homes and perhaps young children.

From a financial standpoint, you may be paying off student debt, buying a first home and maximizing your 401k or IRA. The focus of your planning will likely be on coordinating your estate plan with existing life insurance contracts and financial accounts.

A paramount issue if you have children is to understand who will step into your shoes in the event of an accident. At your initial meeting, we will discuss naming guardians and how any inheritance should best be administered.

Growth Phase

Families in the Growth Phase may be experiencing career maturity and children reaching adulthood. You have likely achieved some financial stability and may be accumulating significant assets.

These changes in your situation present additional considerations. For example, you may start to consider your children as potential decision makers in the event of your death or disability. You will need to consider whether a child is mature enough to properly handle financial affairs. Also, at this phase you may have children becoming married or considering marriage. The introduction of new family members presents interesting considerations on how your assets should be managed in the event of an untimely death or disability.

Established Phase

Families in the Established Phase are typically empty nesters and are retired or can see retirement on the horizon.
Financially, you are moving out of the wealth accumulation stage and moving into the wealth enjoyment and preservation stage. You want to know how death taxes may impact your family.

You have friends and family members who have had unfortunate health changes. You may be concerned about how a health event such as a heart attack or a stroke would affect your spouse’s ability to maintain an enjoyable retirement. You want to remain in control of your assets but understand that you need to have a strong back up plan. It is time to protect your family and your assets.

Please attend an upcoming Estate Planning Workshop to learn more about your options.

The Golden Years

Welcome to the Golden Years! This phase is marked by retirement, grandchildren and the desire to leave a legacy. Financially, you are living off of your retirement savings and want to make sure that the savings lasts as long as you. You have had friends who needed long term care and you saw how it effected their family. You may be considering shifting some control and decision making over your finances to your children. You know that your biggest financial threat is the potential need for long term care, which can cost $100,000 per year, and you want to know your options.

Please attend an upcoming Estate Planning Workshop to learn more about your options.

Other Practice Areas

Elder Law Crisis Planning

When a senior develops the need for long-term care, the family is affected in many ways. The person may need to ask for help for the first time ever. The family may be weighing care options in the home or in a facility. Unfortunately, families must also make tough financial decisions about how they are going to pay for the care.

If this describes your situation, you are not alone. Many families become overwhelmed by the confusing and fragmented health care system. At Sechler Law Firm, we frequently advise families on how to get the proper care in the most affordable manner possible.

We explain the various types of care and the government programs that can help finance the expenses. We provide Medicaid Spend Down advice and work with you through stressful Medicaid application process.

With nursing home expenses exceeding $10,000 per month, time is of the essence. We are typically able to schedule a meeting within 72 hours of your call. We handle these cases on a flat fee basis and the first meeting is always free. Call (724) 841-1393 now to schedule your meeting.

Trust and Estate Administration

If you have lost a loved one, you are surely going through a tough emotional time. Unfortunately, a death can also cause a stressful financial situation. There are proper legal steps to take and some of them have important time limitations. We would be happy to take some of this stress away. We can help you take the necessary steps to properly handle your family’s affairs.

Don’t fit the mold?

Sometimes our clients don’t fit exactly into any of the above phases. No Worries! We would be happy to customize your plan for your specific situation and concerns.

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