Virginia Estate Planning Attorneys

Asset Distribution to Beneficiaries

Northern VA Lawyers Advising Personal Representatives on Asset Distribution to Beneficiaries

Whether it's a mortgage, a car loan, or a revolving line of credit, very few individuals in Virginia die without leaving behind some sort of debt obligation. Before an estate can be settled and the assets distributed to the heirs, all outstanding debt obligations must be paid or dismissed. After all creditor and tax obligations are paid, it becomes the responsibility of the executor—also referred to as the personal representative in the commonwealth of Virginia—to distribute the assets in accordance with the decedent's wishes as they are expressed in the will. The Fairfax, VA probate lawyers of Hale Carlson Baumgartner, PLC recognize the difficulties that accompany the role of personal representative. Throughout our thirty years of practicing estate planning and probate law, our lawyers have represented hundreds of executors. Contact us today to discuss asset distribution.

Asset Distribution to Heirs in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Even when an estate was properly planned by a professional, experienced VA estate planning lawyer, and the language of the will is unequivocal, there still may be objections from an heir or potential heir who is disappointed with the amount of his or her inheritance, or the fact that he or she was cut out of the will. As a personal representative, your obligation is to the decedent who assigned you as executor of the estate. That's why it's important to have the assistance of a professional probate lawyer. There are, however, several grounds for will contest in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They are as follows:

  • Lack of mental capacity at the time the will was drafted
  • The will was not properly drafted or executed
  • Undue influence by a person who held a position of trust
  • The will was made under duress
  • The will is fraudulent
  • The personal representative misinterpreted the intent of the will

Our probate attorneys have extensive experience litigating will contestations. Whether you are the executor of a testament or a dissatisfied heir, contact our Fairfax, VA office to discuss your situation.

Professional Probate and Estate Planning Attorneys of Northern VA

Personal representatives of estates are well advised to have an experienced probate attorney on hand during the reading of the will and asset distribution. To schedule an initial consultation with northern Virginia's top probate law firms, call our Fairfax office at 703-962-1164.

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