Complete Estate Planning
Creating a trust avoids probate, and helps you leave a legacy for your children and grandchildren.
Everyone needs a will. This basic estate planning document helps your loved ones understand your wishes.
Powers of Attorney
A power of attorney ensures that if you are incapacitated or unavailable someone you trust can act on your behalf.
Make A Plan
No matter your age, creating a plan is a gift to the people you love most. Let us plan with you.
The Right Time is Now
You're never too young or too old to start thinking about the legacy you will leave behind. Estate planning is necessary for the very young and the very old. It's necessary for those with many assets, and those with few. It's necessary for single people and married couples, with kids and without.
Too many people think estate planning is for "someone else." But the reality is that estate planning is for everyone. It's not about your death, it's about the lives of those you love.
We use a unique life-stage approach to estate planning; we consider your needs now -- whether simple or complex -- and create a plan that can grow with you through the years to come. Create your plan today as a gift to those you love most.
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Virginia Estate Planning
Time brings many change’s in a person’s life. People marry, divorce, and remarry. Children are born, grow up, and have families of their own. Relationships change. Personal assets accumulate. The family home becomes an upscale condominium. Regardless of what changes life brings, such changes can have an impact of on the disposition of your estate. To keep your will up-to-date with life’s changes, you need to consider a codicil.
When it comes to estate protection after death, no one really wants to talk about the topic. Mostly due to the association with death, mortality, and all the essentially unanswerable questions that have inspired poets and philosophers for centuries. But, prior planning prevent poor estate disposition results. The best example of a failure to properly plan: the Handwritten will.
Happy New Year! Will you make a new year’s resolution? Some of the most common resolutions can be the most difficult to keep. On the other hand, the rewards of making a new habit your own can be outstanding. One reason that some New Year’s Resolutions fail is that we tend to focus on Read more about Finally Get Financially Fit for the New Year[…]
Special Needs Trusts Attorneys: How They Can Help Are you a caregiver for someone who is disabled? Have you made arrangements for the care of your loved one after your death or if you become disabled? Who will pay for their care? The Special Needs Trust is a legal entity that allows you to pre-fund Read more about Special Needs Trusts[…]
It’s always a great idea to have an estate planning attorney custom-write your will. When you draft your own will, use software, an online service, or a fill-in-the-blank template, the chance of critical mistakes rises dramatically. Here are the most common mistakes, omissions, and critical problems that I see from pre-printed or web-based wills. Leaving Read more about Wills: Avoiding Common Mistakes[…]
Your small business or new startup has launched to great success. Rightfully so; you’ve invested immense time, energy, and money to make it a success. But did you consider the personal financial challenges that come along with being your own boss? For many entrepreneurs, taking care of themselves personally comes second to running their business. Read more about Estate Planning: Every Small Business Owner’s Guide[…]
Families with Children Need An Estate Plan Wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents are not just for older or wealthier individuals. Young families with children have critical estate planning needs that can help ensure the safety and security of their children now, and in the future. But sitting down to talk with an estate Read more about Why Every Parent Needs an Estate Plan[…]
Virginia Elder Law Some have called it “the graying of America” — over the next forty years, the percentage of Americans who are 65 years old or older is expected to reach 20%, an all time high. As our population ages, we work to find strategies to protect and provide for quality of life for Read more about Elder Law and Estate Planning[…]
There is a great article right now on about.com explaining the basics of estate planning. Written by Julie Garber, it explains what it means to have an estate plan, and how to get one that will benefit your family. Part of her article: “An estate planning attorney is a type of lawyer who, through years Read more about What is Estate Planning?[…]
As a lifelong resident of York County, Virginia I am happy to be practicing in Yorktown, Williamsburg, and all of the Virginia Peninsula. The opportunity to serve clients from my hometown and the surrounding communities means a lot to me, especially since I believe in a traditional approach to working with clients and their families. Read more about Local Attorney for Wills and Trusts[…]