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Creating a Will

Wills Allow You to Make Your Wishes Known

Are you searching for an attorney to establish a will in Fairfax? A last will and testament, also referred to as a will, is a legal document in which a person directs what is to be done with his or her property after death. It must be written and signed in a particular way, as required by the laws of the state in which the person signing resides. The person who makes the will is called a testator or will-maker.

With nearly five decades of combined experience, the attorneys at Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy, PLC understand what it takes to establish a comprehensive will. We can assist you with reflecting your individual needs into the document as well as help you identify the options you have in the matter. Our goal is to steer you towards legal peace of mind and create an effective and binding will that protects you, your family and valued assets.

Dying With or Without a Will

There is no legal requirement in Virginia that states that you need a will. If you should die without one however, your estate will be distributed according to state law. Instead of letting the government takeover, it is important to create an effective will with an estate planning lawyer and to maintain control of your estate.

Benefits of creating a will include:

  • Directing how you want your property divided after your death;
  • Naming the person you want to handle your estate;
  • Decrease the expenses of administering your estate;
  • Selecting a guardian for your minor children and determining their inheritance;
  • Reducing or avoiding estate taxes; and
  • Providing a trust for the support and education of your minor children without court proceedings.

Unless changes occur to the will or it is revoked before death, a will remains valid. Changes which affect a will include events such as the birth of a child born to the testator, divorce or marriage of the testator or changes in the tax law after the will is written and signed.

Anyone who is 18 years of age or older may make a will with a Fairfax estate planning attorney. He or she also must be of sound mind and free of any improper or undue influence by another person when the will is made.

What about trusts?

An alternative to a will is a living trust. The living trust frequently is suggested as a means of avoiding probate. It also can be used for estate and probate tax minimization or avoidance and as a means of providing support for minor, disabled or immature children and grandchildren. We can provide you with the necessary knowledge and tools to create a legal document of your choice.

Our attorneys can meet with you to discuss the specifics of your estate. They will consider the type and amount of your assets, and your goals, and advise you on the best document to meet your needs.

Contact our office to begin today!

Now is the time to take control of your future and create a will or a living trust that best reflects your specific needs. Contact our firm to begin a confidential appointment with an experienced lawyer.