Not every Philadelphia resident has close ties to his or her family. In many cases, events have transpired over the years that led to permanent estrangement, or a severing of the familial bond. In such cases, an individual may wish to center his or her estate planning around a caregiver. This is especially true for older people, who may be very grateful for the care and concern shown to them by an individual who was either hired to provide care or just assumed a caregiving role based on an acquaintance or friendship.
In such cases, it is imperative to take precautionary steps to ensure that the chosen heir is able to receive his or her inheritance. There are laws in place to protect people against fraud or coercion in these matters, and overcoming those protections can be a challenge. These safeguards are a positive thing, for the most part, but they do not encompass every set of circumstances.