Central Virginia Wills & Powers of Attorney — Love in Writing
He was so young. We did not expect to have to say goodbye this fast.
I thought Dad took care of that. Who is supposed to take care
of the house, the bills, the car?
Mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Now what?
Now is the time! Advocating for the voices of those who can no longer be heard.
Without a will, your estate will be distributed according to Virginia law, which may not match your particular desires, especially if you want some assets to go to a non-family member.
Without a power of attorney, your family is prevented from providing full care for you without asking the Court for permission. That is time consuming, expensive and administratively challenging.
An experienced estate and wills lawyer in Charlottesville can help craft a will and other documents to ensure your wishes are clearly expressed, lower the chance of family disputes, and reduce the pain and confusion caused by your loss.
When you want to preserve your assets for future generations
Whether you’re a young family starting out or an elder, working with an experienced estate-planning attorney to draft your will ensures your legally valid will articulates your desires for property distribution, a guardian for any minor children and an executor to manage the administration of your will through probate. It is also a good idea to update appropriately as your family structure and property ownership change.
When you need to entrust someone with your financial affairs
You may find yourself at some point unable to make your own decisions regarding financial matters, perhaps due to disability or severe illness. It is wise to prepare a power of attorney ahead of time so there is no lapse in managing your personal affairs when you are no longer able. Miller Law Group, P.C. and our power of attorney lawyers in Charlottesville can assist you with drafting this important document. The person you appoint will be able to manage and transfer all your assets, deal with the IRS on your behalf, make financial gifts and create or amend any trusts you establish.
Not all Powers of Attorney are created equal. Make sure you work with an attorney to put the best one in effect for you.
- Durable Power of Attorney — which is effective immediately upon signing the document can grant your attorney-in-fact a narrow or wide array of powers. You will want to make sure your attorney discusses with you what you do and do not want your “attorney-in-fact” to do.
- Springing Power of Attorney— which only becomes effective upon your disability. The advantage of this document is that you can rest assured that you are still 100 percent in control of your affairs until doctors have determined that you are no longer able to do so. At that point, the Power of Attorney springs into effect and your family can take care of you without Court intervention.
- Specific Power of Attorney — which can be created for either a specific event (e.g., to sign real estate documents) or for a specific period of time (e.g., while out of the country).
When elders or their families need legal help
We help elders with their estate planning to ensure their wishes are carried out if they become incapacitated to make decisions for themselves or after death. We also assist families if they suspect their loved ones are victims of abuse.
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With more than 30 years of combined experience, the attorneys and professional staff at Miller Law Group, P.C. have worked hard to protect what’s important to our clients, including their assets and their families. For a Charlottesville wills lawyer or power of attorney lawyer, call us locally at 434-202-5293 or contact us online today for your FREE APPOINTMENT. Our law firm is located behind the Senior Center and is handicapped-accessible. Parking is available outside the door.
Serving the communities of central Virginia, including Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Charlottesville, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro