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Estate Planning Attorneys
Fairfax County, Virginia Estate Planning Attorneys
The attorneys at Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC have been assisting northern Virginia families and individuals in planning their estates for over three decades. We pride ourselves on crafting solid estate plans for our clients—ones that prepare them for many different eventualities, including an untimely death or an accident that leaves them alive, but unable to make decisions for themselves.
Virginia residents require estate planning for a number of reasons. The most obvious of these is death. If a person is intestate (without a will) at the time of his or her death, then the Commonwealth determines the distribution of assets in accordance with Virginia's probate laws. Although wills are often contested, they are still the best way to determine the intention of the deceased person at the time of death. An estate planning lawyer at Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC can help you establish a clear, legally valid will that will ensure that your final wishes are respected.
Trusts are a popular tool used in estate management. A trust enables a person (the grantor) to distribute assets to another, without relinquishing control, or conveying that control to a third party. In estate planning, trusts are often used because there are tax advantages. The grantor can decide whether or not he or she wants to still control the fund, and he or she can assign that responsibility to a fiduciary upon his or her death. Our Fairfax estate planning attorneys assist clients in establishing family trusts, marital trusts, irrevocable trusts and revocable trusts. They can assist with the establishment of payment plans and other methods of funding the trusts.
In the event of a debilitating injury or illness, a power of attorney affidavit establishes an individual to make decisions for you when you're not able. These can be drafted by one of our lawyers and can include stipulations as to when those powers are triggered. A power of attorney document can also include an advanced medical directive, which authorizes your designee to determine what type of healthcare you will receive.
Whether you are a young person with a new house, a family with young children, remarrying and have children from a previous marriage, or are an older person trying to plan his or her retirement, it only makes sense to sit down and discuss your options with an experienced Virginia estate planning lawyer.
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To schedule an appointment with a professional estate planning attorney, contact us at 703-962-1164 or use our online contact form.