Northern Virginia Estate Law Attorneys
PJI Law helps clients with estate planning, probate, litigation of trusts and estates, and other estate law matters.
Northern Virginia Estate Law
It can feel like you’re powerless when it comes to the aging process. However, you can take some of your power back with our Northern Virginia estate law services. We can help you prepare an estate plan that will protect you while you’re living and provide for your loved ones when you pass away. While there’s nothing that you can do about aging, these services will allow you to maintain as much control as possible over the process.
Our Northern Virginia estate law attorneys can help you create an estate plan that ensures you’re cared for if you become incapacitated. PJI Law will also help you choose who will receive your assets and care for your minor children, if applicable. In addition, we represent individuals and families during the probate process, including disputes and litigation. When you retain our services, you will feel empowered and prepared to take on the challenges that lie ahead.
Estate Law Services
PJI Law handles all aspects of estate law. Our Northern Virginia estate law attorneys can help you with:
DO YOU NEED A WILL AND A TRUST?
When you visit a Northern Virginia estate law attorney at PJI Law, your first thought is likely what will happen to your assets when you pass away. If you don’t have an estate plan in place, you will die intestate, meaning the Commonwealth will decide who receives your assets. The question is, do you need a will, a trust, or both?
You can use both to distribute your assets. However, they have some key differences. A will allows you to name a guardian for your minor children. However, a trust allows your estate to avoid a lengthy, complex, and expensive probate. Also, depending on the trust, you can enjoy some tax benefits with this estate planning vehicle.
Many people choose to create a will and a trust. If you use this strategy, you can enjoy the benefits of both. Your attorney from PJI Law will consult with you to determine if you need a will, a trust, or both options.
ESTATE LAW AND INCAPACITATION
You might be in great health right now, but you don’t know what the future will bring. Your Northern Virginia estate law attorney at PJI Law can ensure you’re protected if you become incapacitated. First, your attorney might recommend that you set up a trust. Then, you’ll name a successor trustee who will take over the financial management duties if you become incapacitated.
You also need to make sure that your medical needs are met if you become incapacitated. Your attorney can create advance medical directives and a durable power of attorney that will kick in if anything happens to you. These documents will give someone the power to make medical and legal decisions for you. The person will have to act in your best interests and follow the wishes stated in your medical directive and power of attorney.
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PROBATE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Our Northern Virginia estate law attorneys can also help you with probate. If you are in the process of creating an estate plan, we can go over strategies to help you avoid probate, such as setting up a trust. If your loved one has passed away, we can handle the estate administration for you, so you don’t have to navigate probate yourself. Also, if someone challenges the will, we can represent the estate during the legal dispute. We understand that probate is a challenging and emotional process, and we do everything in our power to take the stress off your shoulders. You need time to mourn the loss of your loved one, so let us step in and handle probate for you.
CONSERVATORSHIPS AND GUARDIANSHIPS
If your loved one has become incapacitated, you can petition the court for a conservatorship or guardianship. As a conservator, you will manage your loved one’s assets and preserve his or her income. If you serve as a guardian, you will be responsible for making health, medical, and other decisions for your loved one. We will help you prove incapacitation and file the necessary paperwork to take over your family member’s affairs. At the same time, we can protect you by creating legal tools so your family members won’t have to petition the court to take over your affairs if you become incapacitated. This can include a trust, power of attorney, medical directives, and more.
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