Northern Virginia Estate Planning Attorneys
Protect Your Family and Assets with Experienced Estate Planning Services in Northern Virginia
Making a plan for your estate can be a daunting task, especially if you're not sure where to start. The fact is that many Americans fail to make the necessary arrangements for the future, leaving their families in a precarious position. At J.S. Burton Burton, PLC, we understand how important it is for you and your family to have a plan for in place.
In order to ensure that all of your assets are properly protected and distributed according to your wishes, it's essential to work with experienced estate planning attorney who can help you create a comprehensive plan tailored specifically for you and your family. When it comes to estate planning, there's too much on the line to leave it to chance.
Our team of experienced Northern Virginia estate planning attorneys are here to help you develop a plan that meets your needs and protects your assets. From drafting wills and trusts to helping you navigate the probate process, our team is dedicated to providing personalized service tailored specifically for your situation. No matter what stage of life you're in, it's never too early or too late to make plans for the future.
We will work with you to create an effective plan that meets your needs while ensuring the long-term security of those who depend on you most. Our team is dedicated to helping you protect what matters most so that you can rest easy knowing your loved ones will be provided for in the future.
Why It's So Important to Plan for the Future
Estate planning is an important step in making sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Without a plan, the state will decide who receives what, and your family could be left with nothing if something happens to you.
At J.S. Burton, PLC, our experienced attorneys can help you create an estate plan that fits the unique needs of your family and situation. We will provide you with tailored advice, knowledgeable guidance, and comprehensive legal services to ensure that all your wishes are met when it comes to protecting your loved ones and assets.
Our Northern Virginia estate planning lawyers can provide a variety of comprehensive estate planning services, including:
- Drafting wills and trusts
- Estate and trust administration
- Creating powers of attorney documents
- Drafting business succession plans
- Assistance with tax planning
- Planning for long-term care
- Guidance through the probate process
- Advice on gifting options
- Establishing guardianships and conservatorships
- Assistance with offshore estate planning
- Creation of special needs trusts
- Estate litigation
With over two decades of experience in estate planning in Northern Virginia, our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to help you create an effective plan that meets your unique needs. We are dedicated to providing compassionate, personalized legal services and will work with you every step of the way to ensure that all of your wishes are carried out.
Personalized Solutions for All of Your Estate Planning Needs
J.S. Burton, PLC is a premier Northern Virginia estate planning law firm dedicated to providing personalized, comprehensive legal services to each and every one of our clients. Our experienced attorneys have decades of combined experience helping families, business owners, and individuals protect their hard-earned assets, protect their loved ones, and ensure that their wishes are carried out.
At J.S. Burton, PLC, we understand that estate planning can be a difficult and emotional process, which is why we strive to provide compassionate guidance and knowledgeable advice every step of the way. We also recognize how important it is to ensure that your family and assets are taken care of after you’re gone. That’s why our experienced Northern Virginia estate planning attorneys are committed to providing comprehensive legal guidance and support throughout the entire process. We are committed to helping you protect what matters most so your family will be provided for in the future.
Contact us online or call us at (888) 885-9001 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you plan for your future.
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What is estate planning?
When someone passes away, his or her property must somehow pass to another person. In the United States, any competent adult has the right to choose the manner in which his or her assets are distributed after his or her passing. (The main exception to this general rule involves what is called a spousal right of election which disallows the complete disinheritance of a spouse in most states.) A proper estate plan also involves strategies to minimize potential estate taxes and settlement costs as well as to coordinate what would happen with your home, your investments, your business, your life insurance, your employee benefits (such as a 401K plan), and other property in the event of death or disability. On the personal side, a good estate plan should include directions to carry out your wishes regarding health care matters, so that if you ever are unable to give the directions yourself, someone you know and trust can do that for you.
How do I name a guardian for my children?If you have children under the age of eighteen, you should designate a person or persons to be appointed guardian(s) over their person and property. Of course, if a surviving parent lives with the minor children (and has custody over them), he or she automatically continues to remain their sole guardian. This is true despite the fact that others may be named as the guardian in your estate planning documents. You should name at least one alternate guardian in case the primary guardian cannot serve or is not appointed by the court.
When should a Special Needs Trust be established?Generally, a Special Needs Trust should be established no later than the beneficiary’s 65th birthday. If you have a disabled or chronically ill beneficiary, you may want to consider establishing the Special Needs Trust at an early age. One benefit of having the Trust in place is that if the disabled beneficiary becomes the recipient of funds such as gifts, bequests or a settlement from a lawsuit, they can immediately be transferred to the Special Needs Trust without affecting that individual’s eligibility for government benefits.
What is a living will or advance medical directive?A living will or advance medical directive informs others of your preferred medical treatment should you become permanently unconscious, terminally ill, or otherwise unable to make or communicate decisions regarding treatment. In conjunction with other estate planning tools, it can bring peace of mind and security while avoiding unnecessary expense and delay in the event of future incapacity.