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Court Case Illustrates the Danger of Using Online Power of Attorney Form

A recent court case involving a power of attorney demonstrates the problem with using online estate planning forms instead of hiring an attorney who can make sure your documents are tailored to your needs.   Mercedes Goosley owned a home in Pennsylvania. In 2013, she named one of her six children, Joseph, as her agent …

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Potential 2021-2022 Tax Increases – What You Should Know and What You Can Do About Them

By: Stephen R. Elville – Managing Principal and Lead Attorney with Elville and Associates, P.C. At the outset, you should understand that my purpose here is to alert clients, professional advisors, and others that the following information should be given credence and thoughtful consideration for the protection of assets, inheritances, and your general legacy, all …

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The State of “Us” (the Heroes)

A Message from Elville and Associates’ Managing Principal and Lead Attorney Stephen R. Elville Surely our times are challenging. History teaches us that during the punishing winter of 1776, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, The Crisis, intended to bolster the willpower and determination of George Washington’s soldiers, many of whom were ready to quit, changed the course …

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Tax Provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

The American Rescue Plan of 2021 is designed to provide economic relief to millions of Americans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to “stimulus” payments, the Plan includes several lesser-known tax provisions. Understanding how they may affect you can help your income tax planning and withholdings in 2021 and beyond. Tax Changes …

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The Elville Center Spring 2021 Update – Helping Music Education Be a Part of Every Child’s World of Possibility

By:  Jeffrey D. Stauffer – Executive Director – Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc. “Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital …

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A $1 Million Charitable Endowment? A Message from the Elville Center for the Creative Arts

By: Stephen R. Elville – President and Founder of the Elville Center for the Creative Arts, Inc. Good news is rare these days, but not at the Elville Center for the Creative Arts. The Elville Center is boldly continuing its work in 2021 to provide much needed musical instruments, music lessons, art- and dance-related activities, …

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Terminating a Special Needs Trust – What Happens to Assets?

By their very nature, special needs trusts (SNTs) are usually designed to terminate, or at least radically change, when the trust’s primary beneficiary dies. But terminating a special needs trust is not as simple as merely writing a check to the remainder beneficiaries and calling it a day. There are several key considerations and requirements …

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