Helping You Make Smart Decisions In Estate Planning, Wills And Trusts, And Probate Matters

Most people don't take the time to consider planning their estate because it's contrary to human nature to want to think about illness or death. We don't want to dwell on the bad stuff — we want to be present in the moment, enjoying our families and friends, the good times. After all, no one wants bad things to happen.

However, the reality of life is that we're all bound to get sick at some point in time — and we're all going to die. The loving thing to do is to prepare and plan for how our estate should be handled if we become ill, disabled or inevitably meet our maker. By planning ahead, we can help our family and loved ones make it through difficult times and make the grieving a little less stressful.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late

Estate planning should not be put off until a later date — with the uncertainty of this world, we never know if there will be a later date. At the Law Office of Deborah N. Arthur, our goal is to walk you through the process of planning your estate in as nonstressful and comfortable manner as possible. We strive to address your concerns for yourself, your family and your close friends. We can help you set up the most effective estate plan for your individual and specific needs.

At the Law Office of Deborah N. Arthur, we enjoy getting to know you, your families, and your situation, as we spend time together planning for yourself and your loved ones. We will go over all of your questions and create the estate plan that best meets your needs, which may include:

We can also assist with estate administration, including filing inventories, preparing accountings and assist in guiding your executor through the probate process.

What Is An Estate Plan?

Estate planning includes discussing and planning for the disposal of your estate, how probate will work or not play into your estate, and how to reduce taxes and other expenses. For minor children and incapacitated beneficiaries, we discuss designating guardians and trustees.

The basic estate plan will usually include a will, power of attorney, and medical power of attorney (also known as an advance medical directive). However, many individuals and families will benefit from setting up a revocable trust.

Prior to meeting with an attorney, it is a good idea for you to take an inventory of your assets and liabilities and ask yourself some basic questions: Who do you want to receive your estate? Are there specific assets that you desire specific individuals to receive? If you become incapacitated, who would you want to handle your financial affairs? If you are unable to make medical decisions for yourself, who would you want to make medical decisions for you?

Don't delay any longer in creating your estate plan — take care of your loved ones today by giving them the gift of guidance and peace of mind. Contact us online or call 703-278-2028 today to schedule your free estate planning consultation with a dedicated, compassionate attorney at the Law Office of Deborah N. Arthur. From our office in Annandale, we help clients throughout Northern Virginia.