Have You Prepared? Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning And Probate.

Creating a will is an easy way to give yourself and your loved ones peace of mind in the event of your passing or if you become incapacitated. For example, a will directs who takes care of your children if you die before they are 18. It also outlines how your property is divided and whether or not a person or charity receives anything special.

If you have recently lost a loved one and experienced the Virginia probate process firsthand, you already can appreciate the value of advance planning. Instead of leaving the fate of the property and assets you've worked so hard to build in the hands of the courts, you can work directly with an attorney to map out your estate and develop a plan that accomplishes your goals and wishes.

Protecting Yourself, Your Estate And Your Family

Perhaps you have thought about drafting a will or have wondered about the advantages of putting your assets into a trust. If you're like most people, you've thought about issues but haven't taken action.

At Wiegandt & Doubles, we have more than 30 years of experience helping people in our local communities understand their options when drafting wills, trusts or navigating the probate and estate administration processes. Instead of simply thinking about your options, we can help you take action and benefit from knowing you have a plan in place.

Whether you're just getting started in life, or are looking back on your career and want to prepare for the future, we can help you determine the estate planning instruments that are right for you. Furthermore, if you're grappling with the loss of a loved one and have been named the legal representative of the estate or are interested in ensuring your loved one's final wishes are upheld, we can provide you with the information and resources you need.

Some of the most common estate planning instruments and related matters we handle include:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Advance medical directives
  • Powers of attorney
  • Family-limited partnerships and business succession planning
  • Estate administration, probate and ancillary probate matters
  • Tax issues in estate planning

Having a conversation with an estate planning lawyer can offer clarity and direction regarding the benefits of advance planning. For example, an advance medical directive combines a living will and a medical power of attorney. It expresses your wishes when you are unable to speak for yourself due to illness. It specifies whether or not you wish to be resuscitated and who is to act as your representative in making this decision.

Reach Out And Learn More

To schedule a consultation with us at Wiegandt & Doubles, call 540-254-0172 or toll free 877-232-0715. From our office in Fincastle, we work with clients throughout the region as well as those who may reside outside the state but have loved ones living or holding property in the area.