Probate and Estate Administration Attorney in Northern Virginia

Everyone is affected by trust and estate laws at some point, and having PJI Law by your side in these situations will make a difference. Our Northern Virginia probate and estate administration attorneys will guide you through all the intricacies of the legal process with compassion and diligence.

Each state’s probate and estate administration laws are different. PJI Law’s extensive experience with Virginia’s unique legislation ensures that your case will be dealt with properly and efficiently.

Process of Estate Administration

Depending on the estate plan in place, when someone passes away, the court will appoint a personal representative to manage the estate administration. That includes handling the finances and assets of the deceased.

After gaining control of all tangible and intangible possessions, the personal representative will then file an inventory of the deceased’s property. They will also pay the remaining debts, file tax returns, and document every receipt, distribution, and disbursement. That can be a lot to manage, especially under the burden of liability if the process isn’t handled correctly. But you don’t have to face this challenge alone.

Our experienced Northern Virginia probate and estate administration attorneys are ready to assist. Contact us today to learn more.

Wills and Living Trusts in Northern Virginia

There are many different tools available for estate planning. Wills and living trusts are among the most common.

A will is a written testament of how an individual would like for his or her property to be distributed in the event of death. In addition to beneficiaries, the executor of the estate can also be named through a will. Typically, you must have two witnesses at the time of signing in order for a will to be recognized by the state of Virginia. Although the state does not require wills to be notarized to be valid, it is advisable to do so for probate procedures.

If you do not have a will, the property is distributed based on Virginia intestacy law, which leaves your estate in the hands of the court.

A trust is an increasingly popular and extremely effective tool, and in most cases creates the smoothest path forward. With a trust, upon your death, the assets pass on to specified beneficiaries while avoiding the probate and court process.

Estate Litigation

Estate litigation occurs when the estate of the deceased is subject to disputes. Here are some of the most common:

  • Will contests
  • Probate litigation and disputes
  • Guardianship or conservatorship disputes
  • Trust contests and litigation
  • Financial exploitation
  • Undue influence
  • Fiduciary misconduct allegations

You do not have to face this alone. Our team at PJI Law is ready to provide you with legal assistance to get through these complicated legal challenges. If you need a reliable Northern Virginia probate and estate administration attorney who will fight for your best interests, call us today to schedule a consultation.

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Will Contest or Challenge

A will can be contested if its validity is doubtful. Here are some common will contests:

  • The document is not signed correctly
  • The will does not satisfy the statutory requirements for it to be valid
  • It was created under duress
  • Forgery
  • Any fraud affecting the details of the will
  • Misrepresentation

If you need to contest a will, or require help with estate administration due to a will contest, our Northern Virginia probate and estate administration attorneys are ready to help. Contact us today to schedule a case review.

Hiring a Dedicated Northern Virginia Probate and Estate Administration Attorney

Our team at PJI Law is ready to assist you with your case. Whether you are an executor for a loved one, or a beneficiary, our experienced Northern Virginia probate and estate planning attorneys have the necessary experience to fight for your rights.

The first step is to schedule a consultation with our team, so that we may gain a better understanding of your situation and your needs. From there, we will create a plan on how to move forward. We take care of all the gritty details of the legal process and handle all the necessary documentation.

Contact the team today to get started.

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