The terms estate plan and will are often used interchangeably (even though they are different). This is because a well-written will is the foundation of a thorough estate plan. It is the document that specifies who will inherit your assets, real estate and prized possessions. It also appoints someone to handle your final financial obligations. And most importantly for anyone with minor children, your will allows you to name a guardian for your children, and a trustee to safeguard their assets while they are young.

If drafted carefully and with the help of an attorney, your will can serve several purposes in addition to passing property to named beneficiaries. The document may help:

  • Avoid probate
  • Avoid tension and in-fighting among family members
  • Minimize estate tax liabilities
  • Allow you to leave a legacy of charitable giving
  • Allow you to appoint guardians for your minor children (if there is no other surviving parent)
  • Allow you to specify wishes for how inheritances should be used or spent

Estate Planning Lawyers In Roanoke And Petersburg

At The Law Office of James Steele PLLC, we understand that estate planning is more than just paperwork. We want to help you create a will that meets your needs and reflects your wishes in addition to simply complying with Virginia laws. We don't just provide legal advice; we also provide peace of mind.

Contact Us Today For A Free Initial Consultation

No matter what your estate planning needs may be, chances are good that we can help. In order to take advantage of our free initial consultations, call The Law Office of James Steele PLLC at 540-339-7487 or simply fill out our online contact form.