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Who Inherits If No Will In Virginia?

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Shockingly, some 55 percent of American adults have neither a will nor any other type of estate plan in place. This number has remained fairly steady for the past fifteen years and does not take into account the number of adults who have put medic…
Divorce in the Exceptional Needs Family

Divorce in the Exceptional Needs Family

Families with individuals with exceptional needs will face additional challenges in navigating separation and divorce. Some challenges the courts are equipped to handle, and others are severely lacking. In an ordinary custody and visitation case, …
Estate Planning in Divorce

Estate Planning in Divorce

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When going through a divorce, there is a lot going on and many people will forget how important it is to update their estate plan. Even a simple divorce can take over a year to finalize and a lot can happen in that year that can jeopardize your fi…
Signing Your Will During COVID-19

Signing Your Will During COVID-19

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For many families, COVID-19 has brought estate planning to the top of the priority list. Unfortunately, most law offices are closed or limiting their availability due to stay-at-home orders or other state restrictions. Estate planning attorneys ar…
COVID-19 and Your Estate Plan

COVID-19 and Your Estate Plan

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As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the United States, more Americans are facing new realities. Dealing with school closures, quarantines, and stay-at-home orders has impacted businesses and families in new ways. During times like this, mor…
The Importance of Estate Planning for the Single Parent

The Importance of Estate Planning for the Single Parent

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Being a single parent has added responsibilities, including making sure that your minor children are taken care of in the event you no longer are there.  What would happen to your children if you died, or became incapacitated and could no longer c…

DIY Estate Planning…Beware of Unintended Results

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It sounds easy and promises “legal” results.  It’s less expensive than working with an attorney.  But estate planning is a serious process and if done incorrectly may have unexpected and expensive results.  Let’s look at five reasons why you shoul…

Estate Planning Before Military Deployment

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An estate plan has several objectives.  It should provide for your family’s financial security, ensure that your property is passed to your beneficiaries as you wish, and determine who will manage your assets and make sure that your estate is dist…

Estate Planning…What Do Wills NOT Do

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As discussed in previous blogs, it’s important to have a will and estate plan in place.  But though there are many advantages to creating a will, there are some things a will simply can’t do.  A will is the perfect document for parents with minor …

Estate Planning… Mistakes You Don’t Need to Make

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Estate planning can be a complicated and tricky business.  Without a legal document detailing your wishes and how and when you want your estate divided and distributed, your assets could end up in the hands of a son or daughter before he/she has …

How Often Should I Review My Will, Trust, and Estate Plan?

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There are two primary reasons for having an estate plan: To make sure that your family and loved ones are taken care of to the best extent possible following your death, and To provide clear instructions on what should happen to your estate follo…

DIY Estate Planning…Is it Worth the Time and Trouble?

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The Internet has made it very easy to find answers and instructions on just about anything, including how to develop a do-it-yourself (DYI) estate plan. There are websites and software packages, along with DIY estate planning books and kits that t…
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