Top Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyers Near You

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    Abrons, Fasanaro, Chiusano & Sceviour, PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

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    Abrons, Chiusano & Sceviour, PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

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    Cedar Law Center

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

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    Cordell & Cordell

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Hanger Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • NB Law Group, PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Sands Anderson PC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Robert C. Miller, PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Hanger Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Law Office of Angela N. Manz

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Oast & Taylor PLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • The Dickerson & Smith Law Group

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Trusted Legacy Counsel, P.C.

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Parks Zeigler, PLLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Promise Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Elizabeth B. Vinson, PLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Hanger Law

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Mulkey Reid Barton, P.C.

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Karen L. Fortier, PC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Courtesy Law, PC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Harry Jernigan CPA Attorney, P.C.

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Hall, Fox & Atlee

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Rack & Moccia, P.C.

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

  • Amy G. Pesesky, PLC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Serving Virginia Beach, VA

  • Stephanie C. Smith, PC

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

    Estate Planning Lawyers | Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach Estate Planning Information

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Help with Estate Planning

Hiring a Virginia Beach Estate Planning Attorney is the best way to know you’ve adequately prepared for you and your family’s future. Additionally, depending on what you wish to achieve, an estate plan can help support family members, charities, and other worthy causes.

Estate Planning Attorneys

All individuals, regardless of their financial position, will benefit from talking with an Estate Planning Lawyer. However, speaking with a lawyer can be very useful when a person suddenly comes into a lot of money, such as from inheritance or a business sale.

A proper estate plan typically utilizes both a trust and a will. These two powerful tools allow you to make sure not only that your financial goals are addressed, but that you have peace of mind knowing those you love will be taken care of properly when you’re no longer able or willing to do so.

What is estate planning?

Estate planning is the process through which you make known your wishes for what you want to happen to your assets upon your death (commonly done through a last will and testament). Estate planning also involves stating your wishes for your health care through power of attorney declarations and advanced directives. In short, it allows you to maintain control of your health care and estate.

How much does estate planning cost?

There are do-it-yourself documents available online that allow you to create your own will, advance directive, and power of attorney declaration. Going this route will be cheaper than using an attorney in the present. However, it is good to work on an estate plan with your attorney to ensure you are going through the process correctly and addressing details you haven’t thought of. If you are worried about cost, you can discuss that with attorneys at your initial consultations as you shop around.

What estate planning documents do you need?

Every estate plan should include a last will and testament or establish a trust. This will allow you to state how you wish to distribute your assets to beneficiaries upon your death. A power of attorney declaration will name someone you trust to handle your health care and/or financial decisions if you are ever unable to. An advanced directive (also known as a living will) will state your wishes for any care you want to receive if you are unable to make those decisions at the time. This is useful when it comes to end-of-life care or if you ever need life-saving care because of an accident or illness.

Who needs estate planning?

Everyone needs estate planning, and if you are 18, it is never too early to start thinking about your plan! While we all want to live a long, full life, accidents and illnesses happen. And having a plan in place will go a long way in protecting your wishes.

Best Time to Seek Legal Help

No matter what your legal issue may be, it is always best to seek legal help early in the process. An attorney can help secure what is likely to be the best possible outcome for your situation and avoid both unnecessary complications or errors.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For “routine” legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Plaintiff – a person or party who brings a lawsuit against another person(s) or party/parties in a court of law. Private persons or parties can only file suit in civil court.

Judgment – A decision of the court. Also known as a decree or order. Judgments handed down by the court are usually binding on the parties before the court.

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