Estate Planning

Because Most People Need Estate Planning

Many people assume that estate planning is only for the very wealthy, but that isn't true. Each of us has an estate, however modest it may be, and we all want to support the people and causes we love.

Some inheritance protocols are written into Virginia's marriage and family laws. But these laws typically do not account for the less-traditional family structures that are becoming more and more common. You might be especially in need of an estate plan if:

  • You have gotten remarried and have children from a previous marriage
  • You have had children outside of marriage
  • You are not married to your longtime partner
  • You have a child or children with special needs
  • You are estranged from certain family members and need to disinherit them
  • You have heirs who cannot handle large sums of money responsibly and you need to put conditions on their inheritance

Remember, Estate Planning Is About More Than Money

Estate planning doesn't just cover issues of inheritance. People are now living longer than in the past, and unfortunately, debilitating physical and mental conditions are significant risks as we age. Estate planning allows you to document wishes for end-of-life care, appoint people to make medical decisions if you cannot do so and to handle financial matters on your behalf.

At The Law Office of James Steele PLLC, our attorneys are ready to help you through the estate planning process efficiently, thoroughly and compassionately. Here are just some of the services we offer:

  • Creating and amending wills
  • Appointing durable financial power of attorney
  • Appointing an estate executor
  • Creating advance medical directives and/or appointing health care power of attorney
  • Estate administration (ensuring that estate plans are carried out as intended)
  • Assistance with estate administration in special circumstances, including out-of-state executors
  • Creating trusts

Contact Us For A Free Consultation With An Estate Planning Lawyer

With locations in Roanoke and Petersburg, The Law Office of James Steele PLLC is ready to help you with nearly all your estate planning needs. To learn more, call us at 540-339-7487 or fill out our online contact form.