Estate Planning is something that many people think they can put off, and take care of later. They have these feelings for many reasons, but what is important to remember is that you make your estate plan not for yourself, but for your loved ones. Not having an estate plan in place can make it difficult for your loved ones to attend to your affairs, and leave them wondering what you wanted done with your possessions.
Having an estate plan creates an orderly method to distribute your assets according to your wishes and desires. The estate planning process is accomplished through a series of documents, which may include any one, or many, of the following documents:
It is never too early to begin the estate planning process. The process is initiated with an initial consultation with one of our attorneys. Before your initial consultation you should gather information and documents concerning all real estate, personal property, bank accounts, retirement and 401K accounts, life insurance policies, and information on other assets to bring to the consultation with you. When your initial consultation is scheduled we will provide you with additional detail on the documents and information needed for your consultation.
After a death, the next step is to determine what is included in the estate, and to carry out your loved one’s wishes. We offer representation in Probate & Estate Administration and Executor Services. The probate process can be complicated and difficult when you don’t know where to start. We’re here to guide you through the process, and make it to make the process as easy as possible for you.
While we always hope the estate administration process will be easy and uncontested, there are times when you, or another beneficiary, do not feel your loved one’s intentions and desires are being met, or accurately reflected in their estate planning documents. For this reason, we represent clients in defending, or pursuing will contests. There are many reasons while a will or other trust document may not be valid, including, lack of capacity, undue influence, a revoked will or subsequent will, all of which may result in your loved one’s desires not being met. Our job is to ensure that your loved one’s desires and intentions are carried through.
Our Virginia estate planning attorneys are here to assist you in creating a comprehensive plan that commemorates your wishes, and assist families and executors in administering an estate. Contact us today to establish an estate plan, or for assistance in administering an estate.