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Category Archives: Estate Planning

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Consider Incapacitation in Your Estate Plans

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When it comes to estate planning, most people are concerned with preparing documents that determine how their affairs and assets are to be handled upon death. But, what about if you become incapacitated? Estate planning helps with providing for your family and sparing them the expense and frustration of a drawn-out probate, but you… Read More »

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What is Ancillary Probate?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Probate matters can be complicated enough on their own, but there is one type of probate that can be an extremely complicated matter. This case is what’s called an ancillary probate. Ancillary Probate Ancillary probate is required when estate assets are held in more than one state. Basically, it means the decedent owned real… Read More »

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Considerations for Estate Planning After a Second Marriage

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

A great number of people enter into second marriages. Some of these occur early in life after a brief first marriage. However, many occur later in life after a lengthy and happy first marriage. When individuals enter into a subsequent marriage after building a life and having kids with their first spouse, there are… Read More »

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Upcoming Changes to Virginia’s Estate Planning Laws

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

In July 2017, a number of legislative changes will go into effect in Virginia, some of which alter wills, trusts, and other estate planning matters. Whether you need to get started on your will, are interested in creating a trust, or wonder whether any of these changes will affect your plan for the future,… Read More »

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The Benefits of Using a Spendthrift Trust

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have worked hard throughout your life, you may be in the position to leave your children and grandchildren a considerable amount of money or assets. This can make you feel good about being able to take care of your family after you are gone, yet it can also make your worry about… Read More »

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Creating a Special Needs Trust to Care for Your Child Later in Life

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

If you have a child with a disability, you probably wonder how they will be taken care of when you are gone. They may be unable to manage their own finances or work. You and they may heavily rely on government assistance to pay their bills. You need to plan for how this will… Read More »

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Should You Make an Irrevocable Trust?

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When you want to set up a trust, there are a lot of decisions to make. A major one is whether the trust will be revocable, which means you retain power over it, or whether it will be irrevocable and you lose power to change or revoke it in the future. Many attorneys recommend… Read More »

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How to Avoid Probate in Virginia

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Probate is not an overly complex or lengthy process in Virginia. However, it still delays the transfer of ownership of property and money to your beneficiaries. Ultimately, probate is something you may want to avoid to help out your heirs and make less work for your personal representative. While your will must be validated… Read More »

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Factors to Consider When Writing Your Will

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

Writing a will takes time and consideration. It is not a document you should throw together or let your attorney control. Your will should be as simple or as specific as you need to ensure your last wishes are carried out. When you get started on making out your will, call a Leesburg estate… Read More »

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Understanding Virginia’s Probate Process

By Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC |

When a loved one passes away, his or her will needs to go through probate. This is the legal process by which the decedent’s local circuit court oversees the final gathering of his or her assets, paying off debts, and the distribution of his or her assets per the will’s instructions. In most situations,… Read More »

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