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Providing personalized service, trustworthy counsel, the law firm of West & Associates, P.C. handles a wide range of legal services including:
Advance Directives:What do you believe will be acceptable in terms of quality of life if you become incapacitated, or as you approach death naturally or as a result of an illness or trauma? A living will (also known as a health care directive or advance directive) gives each person the opportunity to clarify wishes that family members may someday be asked to honor and enforce.
Personal Injury: With over twenty years of personal injury representation experience, West & Associates, P.C. provides comprehensive and compassionate service to clients and families whose lives have been drastically impacted by an injury caused by another individual or party. Some of the types of injury cases we handle include:
Motor vehicle accidents
Nursing home abuse
Brain and spinal cord injuries
Elder Care Abuse: Your loved ones should be safe and provided quality care when they are being provided care in a nursing home, personal care home or independent living facility. Unfortunately, many elderly or incapacitated individuals suffer injuries and other trauma as the result of negligence on behalf of the staff of an elder care facility.
Estate Planning: West & Associates, P.C. prepares individually tailored revocable and irrevocable trusts, last will and testament, powers of attorney, living wills, and guardianship agreements ensuring that clients' goals are carried out in times of illness and at the end of life.
Motor Vehicle Accidents:At West & Associates, P.C., we pride ourselves on providing comprehensive and personalized representation to individuals that have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. There are many different types of car and vehicle accident cases that we handle.
Oil and Gas Leases:The language in an oil and gas lease contract is difficult to understand for most. Few landowners can read through each sentence in the preprinted lease and understand its meaning. BE SMART, retain Attorney Art West, who has experience in this area of the law, to protect your valuable oil and gas assets. When requested, a reputable oil and gas producer will negotiate a balanced lease favorable to both parties. Attorney Art West can suggest changes, amend the "Standard Oil and Gas Lease" and add specific terms that better protect the landowner.
Powers of Attorney:West & Associates, P.C. Attorneys at Law will assist clients with preparing powers of attorney. Powers of attorney may be restricted for use only in specific situations (such as physical or mental incapacitation, or inaccessibility due to travel or imprisonment, for example), or they may be written to grant liberal authority to sign checks, buy or sell personal property, or in any other way act on behalf of another person.
Probate: Efficient, timely probate administration after death ensures that the process of distribution of assets to beneficiaries can be resolved quickly. Often, families are not aware of related matters that require attention. For example, a Pennsylvania estate tax return must be filed within nine months of the recorded date of death.
Real Estate Settlements: Discriminating lenders, buyers, sellers, and developers often prefer to work with lawyer-managed firms such as West & Associates, P.C. We help ensure that clients' rights and interests are protected through the process of real estate settlements or closings. Attorney Art West is a highly experienced real estate attorney, Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker, and Pennsylvania Title Insurance Agent for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company.
Real Estate Transactions: A reliable real estate lawyer provides assurance that commercial and residential property purchases, sales, and lease transactions are handled properly. Purchase agreements, titles, title insurance, real estate settlements, deeds, and leases are complex legal documents that are best interpreted by an experienced real estate attorney.
Small Business Advising: Attorney Art West has legal expertise in corporate and business law, and in commercial and residential real estate law. Attorney West can help the small business owner in the planning and formation of the right business entity that suits the client’s needs.
Trusts:We advise closely held businesses, families, and individuals on issues such as:
Minimizing estate, gift, and other taxes
Special needs trusts
Retirement and long-term care planning
Providing for disabled individuals
Administration of estates and trusts
Wrongful Death:The death of a loved one is a devastating and emotional experience. The situation may be worsened by the fact that this individual died as the result of the negligent actions of another individual or party. Family members, though still grieving the loss, are often wondering if there is anything they can do to seek justice for their loved one.
Wills:With a will, the assets of a person who dies in Pennsylvania will be distributed according to plan. Without a will, that plan is already dictated by State statute. In such a situation, the person is said to have died intestate. When there is a will, the person's assets will normally be distributed according to the decedent's wishes as specified in the will, not the State’s plan.
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