Experienced Alexandria Estate Planning Law Firm
Your family. Your business. Your future. These three elements are often bound together, with the success of one dependent on the success of the other.
At Alexandria, Virginia's Richard A. Dezio, P.C. we understand that protecting your family and preserving your wealth may be one and the same. Since 1991 we have provided quality legal counsel to individuals, families, and small businesses. With our Alexandria estate planning advice, we help you plan for the future, without losing sight of what truly matters.
We believe that our Alexandria estate planning services can bring you the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have provided for your heirs. And we can demystify the Alexandria estate planning process for you and maximize the amount of your hard-earned savings that passes to your heirs, instead of to the government.
Tenacious and compassionate Alexandria estate planning attorneys
We represent clients in matters related to the following:
Business formation, transactions, and contracts
Our strategic approach to legal issues helps you avoid complications whenever possible and deal with them quickly if they do arise. We aggressively pursue the best course of action for you, and we are always prepared to answer any questions or address any of your concerns.
What our estate planning attorneys in Alexandria can do for you
As part of our estate planning services in Alexandria, we can do the following:
Map out the appropriate estate planning approach: Whether it is a will or a trust we can advise you on your options and the benefits of each.
Establish a plan for health care and end of life issues: We can help you with all health care directives to ensure your wishes are met.
Establish tax protections: Our attorneys stay up to date on constantly changing tax laws and can make recommendations to ensure that the maximum amount of your estate passes to your heirs.
Handle litigation issues: We are skilled at handling all types of will disputes and contests.
Estate planning attorney in Alexandria
From our offices based in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia, we represent clients throughout northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area, including the following:
Start protecting your tomorrow today
Are you seeking an Alexandria estate planning attorney? Planning for the future personally and professionally is crucial. The skilled attorneys at Richard A. Dezio, P.C. can assist you in estate planning, administration, and litigation, as well as business formation and transactions, contracts and contract litigation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you and your business prepare for the future. Our Alexandria estate planning attorneys are waiting for your call.
218 North Lee Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-2631
Estate Planning law in Alexandria - FAQs
Some frequently asked questions about Alexandria estate planning laws
What is a trust?
A trust is a legal agreement through which one entity, a trustee, holds the legal authority to property for another person, a beneficiary. The instructions that control the actions of the trustee are detailed in the trust agreement. You assign your heirs in the trust document. Depending on your circumstances, you can include a stipulation that enables you to amend or revoke the trust at your will.
What are some advantages of having a trust?
The best-known advantage of having a trust is avoiding probate. In a trust that terminates with the death of the donor, any property in the trust prior to the death of the creator of the trust can pass immediately to the beneficiaries by the terms of the trust without requiring probate. This can save time and money for the beneficiaries, as well as eliminate unnecessary stress and squabbling.
Certain trusts can also result in tax advantages both for the donor and the beneficiary. Other trusts may be used to protect property from creditors or to help the donor qualify for Medicaid. Provided they are well-drafted, another advantage of trusts is the fact that they have a continuing effectiveness even if the donor dies or becomes incapacitated.
There are many kinds of trusts, but the most common is one you would set up for your minor children or incapacitated adult relatives for their care after you are gone and until they are old enough or well enough to take care of themselves.
What is probate?
Probate is the process by which the property of a deceased person, known as the estate is passed to his or her heirs and legatees (people named in the will). The entire process is supervised by the probate court and it can be lengthy.
An attorney skilled in Alexandria estate planning law can help
For the good of your family, and for your peace of mind, you need to plan ahead for the division of your assets for when you are no longer around. A good estate planner in Alexandria can minimize your expenses associated with such a plan and maximize what passes to your heirs. Contact an experienced estate planner at Richard A. Dezio, P.C. for advice on all aspects of estate planning laws in Alexandria.