What happens if I don’t have a Power of Attorney in Virginia?

When a client calls and asks, "why do we need a power of attorney?" our answer always starts with the truth - that having a power of attorney can avoid additional time, cost and pain in the future … [Read more...]

Congratulations graduate! Now it’s time to consider a power of attorney and an advanced medical directive.

Your child has graduated high school - and while your child will always be your baby - if your child is about to turn eighteen (18), the fact rains that they will soon be adults in the eyes of the … [Read more...]

Special Needs Trusts

When establishing an estate plan, questions often arise about how to best plan for loved ones suffering from mental illness.  Whether that loved one is dealing with a mental disability, a psychiatric … [Read more...]

Mental Health and Medical Directives – The Psychiatric Advance Directive

When putting together an advanced medical directive in Virginia - it is very common for clients to focus on end of life wishes.  However, when having these discussions it is just as important to … [Read more...]

Beneficiary Forms in Estate Planning: Primary and Contingent Beneficiaries

As we have previously discussed, one of the most important gifts you can leave your loved ones is to put a comprehensive estate plan in place. In addition to putting wills, trusts and other estate … [Read more...]

Advanced Medical Directive: What is it?

What is an advanced medical directive?  Why do I need one? This is a question that we hear a lot.  In it's simplest form, it is a document that outlines what you want to happen in certain medical … [Read more...]

Estate planning after relocation. Is an out of state will valid in Virginia?

Life is full of so many unexpected and exciting events-marriage, birth of a child, career changes and often relocation. With a big move from one state to another, many tend to take necessary steps … [Read more...]

Adult Guardianship and Conservatorship in Virginia: What? Who? When? Where? How?

Guardianship and conservatorship in Virginia is a legal option for individuals looking to care for adults that need the help of others for care and management of their finances.  The purpose of this … [Read more...]

Do I need a will, a living revocable trust or both?

A common question in an estate initial consultation is whether or not the client needs a will, a living revocable trust or both.  As with all legal issues, the response is - it depends. A will is a … [Read more...]