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What Is Probate?

Probate is the legal process that occurs after a person dies to determine if their will is valid (if they have one), appoint an executor or administrator of their estate, and ensure the orderly and proper administration and distribution of their estate. Typically, the executor identifies all of the...



How Estate Planning Works

Estate planning involves preparing and executing a will and/or other legal documents assigning people responsible for managing your assets, while living if you are unable to care for yourself, or on your death, and providing those people with instructions for how your assets are to be handled. A comprehensive...



Guardianship in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Guardians and conservators are fiduciaries appointed by the court to protect individuals who cannot care for themselves. This includes minors, those under the age of 18, and the incapacitated. Depending upon the circumstances, a guardian can have a relatively wide range of responsibilities and authority over the individual’s healthcare,...



Firearm Guidelines for the State of Virginia

The state of Virginia has specific guidelines regarding the legal purchase of firearms. The first step is to answer pertinent questions in the Firearms Purchase Eligibility Test. This information gathering tool asks questions concerning your background, and whether you have ever been involved in the commission of a felony...



5 Things You Need To Know Before Writing A Will

Estate planning is a part of life that most would like to avoid as long as possible. This planning is highly important though, because the unexpected can happen at any age. An important part of the planning process is to create a last will and testament. Before writing your...



What Are the Different Types of Powers of Attorney?

The responsibility of Power of Attorney or PoA is granted to a person or persons that you would trust with your financial and/or medical decisions. These persons are called agents or representatives. They have to be reliable, sensible and make major decisions that protect your interests. If two people...



Problems You May See in Beneficiary Representation

Beneficiary representation refers to an attorney that protects your rights as a beneficiary of a will, trust, or some other type of estate distribution situation. The loss of a loved one is a stressful time, and dealing with the legalities of probate or trust administration can feel very overwhelming....



NFA Gun Trusts – Get the Assistance of a Good Lawyer

NFA Gun Trusts – Get the Assistance of a Good Lawyer Issues related to firearms, especially those owned by private individuals, are often politically charged hot topics at the federal, state, and local levels. These issues can be even more complex when it comes to those items that are...



Special Needs Trust

Special Needs Trust Attorney  If you are raising a child with a physical or developmental disability, or you have another loved one (i.e. parent, sibling, niece, nephew, etc.) who is physically, mentally or developmentally disabled, there are many obstacles and difficulties that you and your family may face. The...



What is a Revocable Living Trust?

Revocable Living Trust Lawyer As the laws continue to change and develop, more and more people are looking to trusts as the foundations of their estate plans.  A trust is a document that can serve as a vehicle that allows you to direct the management of your assets during...



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