Estate Planning

Practice Overview

Making Plans for the Future with an Estate Planning Lawyer

We are a team of dedicated estate planning attorneys who know how important it is to have your future as planned out as possible. Everyone should work with an estate planning lawyer in Virginia to make decisions about how their assets will be distributed upon death, and to make decisions now about healthcare and finances in the event of incapacitation.

Drafting an Enforceable Will to Distribute Assets to Family Members

We regularly help Virginians to draft enforceable wills. In a will, you can clarify how your property will be distributed upon your death. If you die without having a valid last will and testament, you will be known to have died intestate and your assets will pass through Virginia’s intestacy laws.

Learning About the Validity of Handwritten and Oral Wills

We emphasize that the best way to know that your will is valid is to work with an estate planning attorney to draft it according to Virginia law requirements. In some cases, handwritten wills can also be valid in Virginia. We want you to know, however, that oral wills are valid only in extremely limited circumstances.

Crafting Advance Directives to Provide Instructions for Health Care

What will happen if you become incapacitated and cannot make a decision about your health care? We help clients craft advance medical directives, which are documents that allow people to explain their medical wishes in the event of incapacity and name another person who can make healthcare decisions if it becomes necessary.

Representing Clients in Northern Virginia with a Wide Variety of Estate Planning Tools

  • Drafting a valid last will and testament to ensure your property is distributed fairly
  • Understanding the limitations of written and oral wills in Virginia
  • Creating enforceable advance medical directives to plan for future health care decisions
  • Establishing trusts to ensure that family members are provided for in the future

Estate planning is a broad area of the law that allows people to plan for the future, both financially and in terms of health care. We can assist with wills, advance medical directives, trusts, and a wide variety of other estate planning issues.

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