Probate vs. Administration, Executor vs. Administrator? What’s the difference in Virginia?

We often have clients call and seek assistance handling an estate when a someone passes.  One of the first questions we are often asked is what the difference is between Probate vs. Administration and … [Read more...]

The five (5) top benefits to having a will in Virginia

We see a lot of articles out there with misinformation as to whether or not you should have a will.  As a Virginia resident it is always our recommendation - no matter the size of an estate - that an … [Read more...]

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...]

What paperwork does my Executor need?

Many of our clients come to us in pursuit of making things easier on their loved ones once they pass on. While updating and streamlining your estate plan can certainly go a long way towards this goal, … [Read more...]

Will Contests in Virginia

Loosing a loved one is hard.  Learning that they were taken advantage of - and deciding whether or not to take legal action to go after those who have taken advantage of your loved one is even harder … [Read more...]

The Strength of a Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is an incredibly important and, powerful, document that should be carefully considered when any person seeks to put this helpful and, in our current world, necessary document in … [Read more...]

Facebook and Your Estate: What do you need to consider?

The aftermath of loosing a loved one is never easy.  It is the responsibility of those left behind to let others know that the loved one has passed and, if they wish, to let friends and family know … [Read more...]

Federal Gift & Estate Tax Exemption Update

When putting a plan in place it is always important to be aware of the current Federal gift and estate tax exemption levels. Under current federal gift and estate tax laws, each year the U.S … [Read more...]

Top Five Notary Problems We See When Reviewing Legal Documents in Virginia

It is very common in the legal and financial worlds for signature documents to require a notary certification.  A notary is a public official who acts as an unbiased witness to the identity the … [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...]