Probate Attorney Virginia Beach VA
If you do not have a current estate plan, you are leaving your future in the hands of strangers. It will also be more difficult to divide your estate and for your family to carry out your final wishes. With an estate plan, however, you can make plans for the distribution of your assets, the type of medical care you receive and the specifics of your funeral.
At The Dickerson & Smith Law Group, we help people prepare for the future with a well-crafted estate plan. We can also assist you with the administration and probate of an estate after a loved one dies. To schedule an appointment with our Virginia Beach estate planning attorneys, please call 757-828-0031 or 800-506-8133, or contact us online. We offer free consultations for wills and trusts.
Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives
If you do not have a will and powers of attorney, your family will not know how to proceed if you are incapacitated or when you pass away. A will allows you to leave assets to people you choose and specify guardians for minor children. You can also detail your wishes for your funeral.
Powers of attorney are an important part of an estate plan. They give a person of your choice the authority to make legal, financial and medical decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated. This can eliminate the need for a guardianship. It also saves your family time, money and confusion in the event you cannot handle your affairs.
Specific details about your end-of-life care are typically addressed in an advance medical directive/living will. You can choose the person who has your financial power of attorney or another person to make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated.