A Last Will and Testament, commonly known as a Will, is one tool that can be used in the planning for the orderly transfer of assets following one’s death. A Will is a written document signed by the individual who is making the Will.
At the law office of Carluzzo Rochkind & Smith, P.C., our estate planning lawyers help individuals create Wills in Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, and throughout Northern Virginia. We also handle Will contests when there are disagreements about the Will.
Wills can be tricky and we do not advise a person to do one alone. An experienced Will lawyer can help you protect your assets and make sure they are distributed to your wishes. An incorrect Will can be challenged in court and undo all of your good planning.
In a Will, an individual can specify the person who will collect or gather assets, determine liabilities of the Estate, and make distributions or transfers of assets. In a Will, a person can control who will receive specific assets following death.
Under Virginia law except in the instance of a Will that is entirely in the maker of the Will’s own handwriting, the Will must be signed with certain formal requirements, including the presence of witnesses.
Our estate planning lawyers use self-proving Wills to make the process of admitting a Will to Probate easier. With proper drafting, including the use of testamentary trusts, an individual can control the timing of distribution of assets to their children so the children will not receive a large sum of money in one distribution when the child or children is not prepared to manage it.
Individuals can also use Wills to suggest guardians for their minor children. A Will can also be used to direct assets in a manner that will not result in the disqualification of a recipient from receiving certain government benefits.
A Will typically excuses the Executor from having to post a bond during the period of administration of the estate. Where an individual dies without a Will, the law requires that the personal representative to post a bond, in most instances.
If you are interested in creating a Will, please contact our experienced Will Lawyer online or by calling us at 703-659-0418.
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Northern Virginia, including Manassas, Prince William, Manassas Park, Gainesville, Haymarket, Woodbridge, Lake Ridge, Dumfries, Bristow, Warrenton, Centreville, Fairfax, Stafford, Chantilly, Leesburg, Ashburn, Sterling, Herndon, Reston, Alexandria, Annandale, and Arlington.