Why a Will Matters to your Survivors: Security

There is a common belief that "I don't need a will" or "it doesn't do anything the law doesn't already do".  As estate attorneys, we see the issues that arise when someone passes and a will has not … [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...]

Ancillary Probate? What do I do if my loved one had property in another state?

When a loved one passes and they have property in a state (or states) outside their state of residence, in addition to probate in the state of residence, probate may need to be opened in the other … [Read more...]

What do you need to know about Virginia inheritance law? Distribution to your spouse isn’t just automatic.

Most clients that reach out to us believe that if something happens to them, their assets will automatically go to their spouse. However, in Virginia, this is not always the case. Examples of … [Read more...]

Wills and Estates: Three tips on where to start.

When beginning your estate plan, our attorneys recommend that you consider three tips to get started. Partner Sarah McCurry spoke with Virginia This Morning on CBS 6 regarding where to start when you … [Read more...]

When does a power of attorney become effective?

A few years ago we wrote about what is a power of attorney.  As we outlined in that article, the power of attorney is a legal document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person (the … [Read more...]

Advanced Medical Directives and Covid-19

Three months into the Covid Pandemic, we have all probably read online accounts of individual's first hand accounts with the virus, including articles written from the caretaker's point of … [Read more...]

Revocable v. Irrevocable Trusts

Trusts are an important part of estate planning. They can be used in place of a will, allow you to protect your assets, and may also be used to transfer assets to your beneficiaries after you pass … [Read more...]

Changing your Will

The coronavirus pandemic is prompting many people to write their wills and take care of their estate planning. But what if you have already executed a will, and you just want to change one or a few … [Read more...]

Destruction of a will – a crime with a harsh punishment in the Commonwealth of Virginia

A last will and testament is a legal document that articulates a person’s wishes for after they have passed away. It’s an important document that maps out who will be named their executor, how one’s … [Read more...]