Estate Planning Lawyers

Central Pennsylvania, Law Offices in York, Shrewsbury & Mt Wolf


Mt Wolf Estate Planning Attorneys

Estate planning includes not only what happens to your assets when you pass, but how you protect them while you are still alive.

What is Estate Planning?

When people hear the word estate planning, they often think of people with substantial assets planning for transferring their wealth to family members. But the reality is quite different. Estate planning includes not only what happens to your assets when you pass away, but also, means protecting your assets while you live and plan for the future. Hoffmeyer & Semmelman’s estate planning team has substantial experience helping individuals protect their estates now and plan for how to transfer their estates in the future. Contact our estate planning attorneys in York PA today to learn how we can help you use the many tools available to you to keep your estate safe.

How Can I Keep My Assets Safe?

There are myriad devices you can use to protect your assets for both yourself and your family. You need not be wealthy to worry about keeping your assets safe.  When you meet with Hoffmeyer & Semmelman’s estate planning lawyers, we will discuss what you can do to protect your assets now and provide for your loved ones in the future.

Some of the tools we can utilize to help you with your estate planning include:

What is Business Succession Planning?

If you own a business, it is important that you have a proper succession plan. Many people separate their business planning from their estate planning, but it is wise to consider both together. Our business attorneys and estate lawyers can work with you to make certain you have a proper succession plan in place.

Charitable Giving

Giving to charities can be a large part of your estate plan. But making certain you give to those charities in the right way at the right time can be extremely beneficial. This is especially the case when it comes to your taxes. If you plan on giving to charities, whether during your life and after you pass away, you can make certain that both you and the charity receive the best benefits from your generosity.


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There are many tools available to help you protect your assets.

Giving financial gifts during your life is a common form of transferring wealth that can minimize taxes. However, taxes related to giving financial gifts can be quite complex. Financial gifts, given improperly, can result in substantial taxes to the giver.

Life Insurance

Most people think of life insurance as a way to provide for their loved ones after they die. But life insurance can also be useful in other ways. This is because there are many types of life insurance, some of which can benefit you while you are still alive, and others which are of benefit to your beneficiaries. Making certain you understand the various types of policies and how they can be used as part of your planning is important

Marital Agreements

Whether you are getting married, are already married or are planning for divorce, a properly drafted marital agreement is a crucial part of estate planning. The family law team at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman can help you understand how marital agreements work and how you can use them to protect your assets now and in the future.

Powers of Attorney

If you should become incapacitated, powers of attorney allow someone you trust to manage your affairs. This includes both making your health decisions and handling your financial matters. Everyone needs to have appropriately drafted powers of attorney for their protection.


The will is the document with which most people are familiar. Everyone should have a will. Failure to have a will means that any estate that you have not provided for in another fashion will pass according to intestacy law. This means you have no control how your assets will be divided. A proper will is absolutely critical to your estate planning.


Improper planning of your estate can lead to substantial tax problems. Our lawyers know the tax issues of which you need to be aware and can work with you to minimize your tax liability both during life and while administering your estate after you pass.


Trusts are an excellent way to manage your assets both during your life and after you pass. Trusts can be crafted in numerous ways and can be utilized for asset management in many ways. This includes reducing taxes, protecting family members, dividing property, protecting those who are not able to handle money (for example young children) and more. Trusts are extremely flexible, which is why they are such a useful estate planning tool.

Who Should I Contact for Help With Business Succession Planning?

Improper estate planning results in higher taxes and administrative difficulties for your family.  Our estate planning attorneys will work with you to determine the best and most cost effective way to make certain your assets are protected both during and after your life. If you are in central Pennsylvania and require assistance with estate planning or administration, the attorneys of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman can help. Contact us today at 717-846-8846 to learn how we can help you protect you now and your loved ones in the future.

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If you cannot travel to us, let us know, and we might be able to come to you. 

We have lawyers in York, Shrewsbury and Mt Wolf for your convenience. But, if you are unable to travel to us let us know. We may be able to come to you if you are in central Pennsylvania.

Estate Planning in Central Pennsylvania
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Estate Planning in Central Pennsylvania
The central Pennsylvania estate planning attorneys of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLC will show you the many tools you can use to protect your assets now and for your loved ones in the future.
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