Alexandria Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Amole & Bray P.C have provided reasonably-priced services in estate planning and administration for Virginians since 1978. The practice includes probate administration, advice and counseling regarding wealth preservation, establishment of trusts, and other asset management strategies.
Planning for the future in Northern Virginia
Amole & Bray P.C. provides comprehensive estate planning services, including the preparation of—
Preparing in advance for the end of your life can be intimidating, but lawyer Roger L. Amole understands that estate planning is a sensitive matter. He works with you individually to develop thoughtful, comprehensive solutions for your future needs. Mr. Amole has developed estate plans for hundreds of clients including wills, trusts and other wealth preservation and management strategies. He has provided continuing legal education instruction to practicing attorneys on drafting wills and trusts and public seminars on estate planning.
Every person should have a will prepared by a qualified lawyer. Even if you think that the transfer of your estate to your heirs is self-evident and you have no special wishes, anything can happen at probate if you die intestate, or without a will:
- Interested parties could claim to have verbal promise of inheritance
- Relatives who do not meet Virginia's intestate standard could claim reasonable expectation of inheritance
- The probate court could distribute your estate based on factors that you did not anticipate
Roger L. Amole helps you prepare a will that gives you confidence that your estate will be distributed according to your wishes. You can choose an executor, choose a guardian for your minor children, and clarify many other details that will make the administration of your estate go smoothly for your heirs.
A Revocable Living Trust is an important companion to a will for many people. It can be use to avoid probate which is an expensive and time consuming process and can help married couples avoid estate taxes. Having a trust allows you to manage all of your assets while you are alive and, if you become incapacitated or die, your chosen Trustee will distribute your assets as you have directed in the trust, or if you prefer, will continue to manage your trust assets for the benefit of surviving family members or others.
Estate lawyer Roger L. Amole helps you understand the different types of trusts:
- Inter vivos, or living—created and funded during your lifetime
- Testamentary—created by your will upon your death
Mr. Amole develops a strategic estate plan for you, employing trusts to your maximum advantage.
If you become unable to speak for yourself, you need someone you trust to have the legal authority to speak and act on your behalf regarding your finances. Roger L. Amole helps you draft a General Durable Power of Attorney, which allows you to appoint a person to handle your finances if you are unavailable or incapacitated. Financial activities covered by this document may include—
Roger L. Amole works with you to decide which aspects of your finances should be included in your General Durable Power of Attorney.
Preparing for medical choices at the end of your life is typically the final but critical step in planning your estate. If you become unable to communicate your wishes about healthcare, you need to have an advance Medical Directive so that your intentions can be known—or you can have a trusted person make decisions for you. Virginia has two types of advance directives:
- Living will. Working with estate lawyer Roger L. Amole, you describe all of the key medical actions you would want taken—or not taken—if you become unable to communicate. Medical practitioners are bound by law to adhere to your wishes as they are set down in a legally valid living will.
- Health care power-of-attorney. This document gives legal authority to a trusted person (agent) to make some or all of your health care decisions for you when you are incapable of communicating.
Roger Amole shows how to make the two types of advance directive work together. The agent of your health care power-of-attorney can be responsible for directing medical personnel to heed the terms of your living will. Likewise, your living will can limit the choices that the agent may make.
Get compassionate guidance on estate planning in Alexandria
Roger Amole helps residents of Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia plan their estates. To make an appointment with a knowledgeable and caring estate lawyer in Alexandria, contact Amole & Bray P.C.