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...]

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...]

Estate planning and COVID-19: How can I get my will signed?

We have had a lot of people reach out and ask about the ability to complete their estate plan during the pandemic. In response, our office has put the following procedures in place. We are … [Read more...]

Partner Erika MacCormac Speaking at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Family Law Retreat

Later this month Partner Erika MacCormac will be speaking at the 2020 Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Advanced Family Law Retreat seminar on Custody and Visitation: Difficult Topics in Difficult … [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...]

Probate in Virginia. What are the first steps?

The internet often seems to be full of misinformation regarding the probate process. Even a cursory google search of probate leads to an overwhelming amount of articles beguiling the probate process. … [Read more...]