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Protecting your family and ensuring your wishes are met is more critical than ever as we all face the COVID pandemic. Estate planning is all about making sure everything from medical directives to financial decisions are taken care of during times of incapacity or end of life. Wills, trusts, power of attorney and medical directives all are encompassed in the Wills & Estates practice area. Now, more than ever, if you become incapacitated having current documents that reflect your present planning needs is critical for peace of mind.

Crist Law Office provides many services noted at the bottom of this page through the Wills & Estates Practice. From creating individual planning documents to litigating cases in Orphans Court, Crist Law Office is able to help you and your family. We also provide a basic planning package of critical documents everyone should have whether we are experiencing a pandemic or not.

Orphans' Court Representation

Orphans' Court is an often misunderstood division of the Court of Common Pleas. For Attorney Crist, an adoptee herself, the rather outdated name brings images of a bygone era where orphanages were the norm for many children. Yes, this division handles adoptions of "orphans" but it's jurisdiction is so much more. As described on the Court's webpage: "The cases that are heard in the Orphans' Court Division include all matters involving decedent's estates, trusts, wills, guardians of the persons and estates of minors, guardians of the persons and estates of incapacitated persons, powers of attorney, termination of parental rights and adoptions, civil commitments, marriage licenses, nonprofit associations and corporations, and inheritance and estate tax matters."

Basic Planning Package: $375.00

Simple Last Will & Testament

Financial Power of Attorney

Medical Power of Attorney

Living Will/Medical Directive/End of Life Plan

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Special Needs Trusts

Living Wills

Medical Directives

Powers of Attorney

Guardianship & Incapacitated Person Matters

Probate & Estate Administration

Orphans Court Litigation



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Post Card of Frick Bldg. (current location of Orphans' Court) and

the Court House. Early 1900's.

Notice that there is no h in Pittsburgh and thus the sender of the card notes they have arrived from "Pg" NOT the familiar Pgh!

 “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” ~ Ruth E. Renkel

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