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You DECIDE - or the Government DICTATES!
Whatever the size of your estate, you have worked a lifetime to accumulate your possessions, home, investment property, and wealth. Either you can decide how your estate is to be disbursed and to whom or the Government’s arbitrary statutory scheme will direct, without any variation, how your estate is to be distributed at the time of your death. The Government’s scheme of distribution is termed "intestate succession."
A Will is, literally speaking, your last statement while on earth. A Will is your final opportunity to distribute your lifetime’s accumulation of assets to the ones you love. An inheritance by the ones you love can be an invaluable “step up” upon life’s bumpy road for your children or other loved ones.
We, at the law firm of Robert E. Long & Associates, Ltd., have been drafting Wills and other estate planning documents for over 40 years. A properly drawn Will is inexpensive, effective, and can help prevent family discord and chaos upon your death.
Our law firm and our attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss how you can put into place the orderly transfer of your estate to those you love.
Trusts are highly effective tools one can use to manage real estate, accumulated wealth, inheritances and other assets. Trusts are particularly helpful to help care for those that are disabled, young, elderly, spendthrifts, military members, married persons wishing to double the federal marital exemption, large estates interested in the avoidance of federal taxes, establishing contingent beneficiaries, chains of succession, wealth management, etc.
If one of the foregoing categories applies to you, your family and / or estate, we can help construct a trust that will accomplish your purpose and protect your loved ones.
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Powers of Attorney can take many forms. There are general powers, special powers, durable powers, limited powers, medical powers, etc. The purpose of a Power of Attorney is to enable another to act on your behalf. That other person is called your “attorney-in-fact.”
Powers of Attorney can be very dangerous in the wrong hands, should not be improvidently granted. Granted, however, to a prudent, responsible attorney-in-fact, Powers of Attorney can constitute what the founder of our law firm, Robert E. Long, Esquire, calls the “most important estate planning tools one can create for the living!”
These important estate planning documents can improve your quality of life before death, but they must be created during one’s competency. Failure to have the proper Powers of Attorney in place before the onset of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, disabling accident, illness or old age, can mean that your loved ones must bring a suit against you in the Circuit Court where you live to have appointed a Guardian to manage your person and a Conservator to manage your money and other assets!
This lawsuit will require the appointment of a Guardian ad litem to represent the party under a disability. Your failure to properly utilize Powers of Attorney can be a very expensive mistake and can be avoided with proper estate planning!
The law firm of Robert E. Long & Associates, Ltd. drafts estate planning documents to your order, after a detailed office interview and thorough analysis of your needs.
The most common refrain we hear at the law firm from clients during initial estate planning interviews is, “Wow, I never thought of that!” Our lawyers will take the time necessary to have you think and plan for the contingencies that matter to you and your loved ones!
To protect the ones you love most, call 757-723-7742 and schedule your FREE in-person consultation.
Located in Hampton, Virginia, the firm primarily services clients and cases throughout the Peninsula and Southside Hampton Roads, including Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach as well as in Gloucester, Williamsburg (and all of James City County) and York County (Yorktown & Poquoson). Additionally, the firm also routinely handles matters throughout the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Call us today at 757-723-7742 to schedule a FREE in-person consultation.