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Pennsylvania must recognize common law same-sex unions

The last few decades haven't been easy, legally, for same-sex couples. Until the Supreme Court legalized same-sex unions throughout the nation, people in same-sex relationships often had to navigate a maze of laws that could vary greatly depending on where they were standing at any given point -- making their relationship of uncertain legal standing.

What are mineral rights and how can they affect an estate?

The right to exploit a piece of property's natural resources are often referred to as its "mineral rights," and it exists as a distinct asset that's independent of the surface land itself -- which means that they can be bought and sold independently of the surface land. Those mineral rights can often be quite valuable and affect the tax liabilities of everyone involved. For example, if there is a pocket of natural gas or oil below an area of otherwise unused land, the heirs holding those mineral rights may benefit considerably.

Determining if you are the right choice for estate administration

To Pennsylvania residents without a lot of knowledge about estate administration, it may seem like a simple task. In reality, just the opposite is true. Serving as an estate administrator is nearly always a complicated undertaking. While you may feel honored that someone has placed such trust in you, it is wise to be honest with yourself about your ability to fulfill the role of estate administrator.

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