Estate Planning Attorney

Every adult should have an estate plan, but many people put it off for one reason or another. Oftentimes, people mistakenly believe that only wealthy individuals with a lot of money or property need an estate plan, but this is far from the truth.

Having an estate plan helps ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you pass away or become incapacitated. These documents clear up essential decisions about guardianship for minor children, medical treatment in the event of your incapacitation, and end-of-life wishes.

Don’t put off your estate plan; there’s no better time than now to get started. Call Select Law Partners PLLC to speak with an estate planning attorney. We’re available at (855) 541-4867.

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At Select Law Partners PLLC, our foundational values shape every interaction and decision, setting us apart in the legal landscape for over a decade. We prioritize honesty and integrity, knowing that trust forms the bedrock of our client relationships. By approaching each case with these principles, we aim to earn and maintain your trust, fostering lasting partnerships.

Teamwork and collaboration also play a crucial role in our success. We believe that effective communication within our team and with our clients is essential for achieving favorable outcomes. This collaborative environment ensures that every strategy is thoughtfully crafted and meticulously executed.

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They delivered peace of mind…”
Wills and trusts can be cumbersome and confusing and while working with Sara and Scott, all my concerns were put at ease. They both took the time to answer any questions I had and brought up angles that I had never thought of. In the end, I was left knowing that all of my accounts are in order for me and my family for now and into the future. They provided more than a very organized binder of detailed documents, they delivered with peace of mind. I have recommended them to friends and family and plan to continue.
Bryce L.
The team was conscientious, thorough, efficient and courteous.
My wife and I had a very positive experience working with Select Law Partners to prepare our wills and other documents. The team we worked with was conscientious, thorough, efficient and courteous.”
Matthew M.

Our Virginia estate planning attorneys make the process as smooth as possible for you

Virginia estate planning laws are complex. One mistake in your documents can invalidate your entire estate plan, resulting in significant consequences for your loved ones after your passing. 

Also, you cannot tailor a do-it-yourself will or trust a template to fit the unique circumstances of your life. There are many do-it-yourself estate plans out there, but we highly recommend that you get the help of an experienced estate planning lawyer.

A skilled estate planning attorney with Select Law Partners PLLC will create a custom estate plan to meet your intentions and carry out your guidance. We can advise you on the best ways to avoid probate and alleviate tax burdens as well.

Virginia estate plans make your life easier and your legacy greater

There are many reasons to be proactive about making legal decisions on your own behalf, one of the most important being that if you pass away without having created an estate plan, you’ll have no control over who will receive your assets, who will maintain your estate, or who will raise your children, among other things.

We know that talking about death, money, and illness can make people feel uncomfortable, but having open dialogue and creating a plan is a responsible, loving way to care for your family even upon your death. 

Select Law Partners PLLC urges you to not let a few moments of discomfort keep you from protecting your loved ones and your legacy. An estate plan allows you to accomplish your goals and carry out your wishes after death or incapacity, and you can address many different decisions, including those we discuss below.

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Beneficiaries

An estate plan allows you to protect and provide for loved ones after you’re gone by distributing your assets according to your wishes. 

If you are a parent of minor children, who will take care of your children if you pass away? An estate plan allows you to designate guardianship, so the state does not. You can even set up guardianship for your pets.

Having an estate plan can also take the stress off your loved ones after your passing. Losing a loved one is devastating and stressful. Communicating your wishes and intentions in a legal way keeps your family from having to make difficult decisions that may cause jealousy and discord in the family. Essentially, an estate plan provides clarity about your intentions and ensures your assets are distributed according to your plans.

Healthcare

Estate planning tools like Advance Medical Directives and Healthcare Powers of Attorney allow you to set guidelines for your loved ones and physicians about important health care decisions. 

These estate planning tools enable you to answer important questions for your loved ones, such as:

  • Who will make healthcare decisions on my behalf if I cannot make decisions for myself?
  • What medical treatments am I comfortable with, and what medical treatments do I not want?
  • Do I want to be resuscitated if that event happens?

Disability or incapacity

In the event of incapacity, you will still have everyday financial affairs that someone will need to handle. Incapacity planning focuses on what happens if you can no longer manage your financial affairs or make your own healthcare decisions while you are living. 

Who will manage your day-to-day finances and monthly bills? If you’re disabled, will you live in a nursing home, or do you want in-home care? How will you pay for care? These are all questions you can answer with incapacity planning.

Property

A comprehensive estate plan can help you protect your property and divide and distribute it as you wish. At Select Law Partners, we provide expert advice on how to safeguard your assets from potential creditors, lawsuits, and other vulnerabilities and even save your family money in estate taxes. Whether through trusts, ownership structures, or other legal mechanisms, our team is skilled in creating robust protection strategies tailored to your specific needs and financial situation. 

A few questions you may ask yourself to start shaping your estate plan include:

  • How do I want to divide my property after my death?
  • Should certain assets be transferred to certain loved ones?
  • Who will distribute my property after my death?
Resource: If my spouse dies what happens to our jointly-owned property?

Planning for business succession

For business owners, succession planning is a critical aspect of estate planning. Our attorneys at Select Law Partners specialize in helping business owners prepare for the future by structuring smooth transitions. Whether you’re planning to pass your business to the next generation or preparing for a sale, we offer strategic guidance to ensure your business thrives beyond your tenure.

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Upon your passing, your estate plan will dictate who will take charge of winding up with your estate, but it will also control who receives your belongings, real estate, and financial assets.

Incapacity planning focuses on what happens if you are no longer able to manage your financial affairs or make your own healthcare decisions while you are living. Specifically, it allows you to appoint a person to manage those affairs and decisions under the guidelines you put in place. Both pieces of the puzzle are important to a comprehensive estate plan.

But that’s not all the services we provide under estate planning – keep reading to learn more.

Wills

At a minimum, your estate plan should have a Last Will and Testament. In a Will, you outline how you want your assets distributed, name the individual who will handle your estate, and elect a guardian for your minor children.

Should you choose to live without a Will—or any other estate planning documents—you will have died intestate. Dying “intestate” means that your assets will pass through the intestacy laws of the state you reside in rather than according to your wishes. You will have no control over who will receive all your possessions, who will manage your estate, or who will raise your children.

Resource: Can I include unconventional requests in my will?

Revocable Living Trusts

A Revocable Living Trust is an estate planning vehicle that is often superior to a Last Will and Testament. It offers complete probate avoidance (meaning no court oversight), immediate access to your funds to pay for final arrangements or provide financial support to your loved ones, privacy, and creditor protection for your beneficiaries. Like a Will, it puts you in control of how your assets are distributed and who manages your estate.

Special Needs Trusts

If you have a loved one with special needs, establishing a special needs trust is crucial to ensure they continue to receive care without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits. Our compassionate attorneys at Select Law Partners have the expertise to craft trusts that provide for your loved one’s unique needs while protecting their financial future.

Advance Medical Directive and Health Care Power of Attorney

What will happen if you become incapacitated and cannot make decisions about your health care? An Advance Medical Directive and Health Care Power of Attorney both give instructions to your loved ones about how you want decisions to be handled. You provide the guidelines and decide who makes the decisions based on the guidelines.

General Power of Attorney

A General Power of Attorney is similar to a Health Care Power of Attorney in that it provides guidelines, but the General Power of Attorney addresses your financial affairs and elects a person to manage them.

Resource: A Common Mistake Regarding Powers of Attorney

Plan for a secure future with Select Law Partners PLLC

Estate planning is a broad area of law that enables people to carefully plan for their future. We can assist you with drafting a Last Will and Testament, Trusts, Advance Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, and a variety of other essential estate planning documents.

Our estate planning attorneys at Select Law Partners PLLC can also review your current business documents to ensure that they align with your estate planning goals. Contact us online or call us at (855) 541-4867 to get started.

We answer common questions about estate planning in Virginia

How can you help with estate taxes?

At Select Law Partners, we understand the importance of planning for the future, especially when it involves minimizing potential estate taxes. Virginia does not impose its own estate or inheritance tax, but it’s crucial to consider how federal estate taxes might affect your estate. Our Virginia estate planning attorneys can guide you through the complexities of estate taxes, helping you devise strategies to preserve your wealth for your loved ones.

What about my digital assets?

In today’s digital age, estate plans must also address digital assets like social media accounts, digital currencies, and online businesses. At Select Law Partners, we help you incorporate these assets into your estate plan, ensuring they are handled according to your wishes and secured for future generations.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation.

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