Vigilant Charlottesville Attorneys Prepare Your Will According to Virginia Law Requirements
Extensive experience drafting and administering wills
Under Virginia law, a will is only valid if it fulfills certain technical and other requirements. If you fail to prepare your will according to these requirements, a court may consider it invalid, making the Commonwealth of Virginia rather than your executor the one to administer your estate. At the Miller Law Group, P.C., our seasoned estate planning attorneys can draw upon more than 30 years of combined experience creating wills and seeing them through probate in Virginia courts.
Virginia will requirements
For a will to be valid in Virginia, it must be:
- Written. Your expressed wishes must be in writing.
- Signed by the testator. The testator, the person making the will, must sign it.
- Witnessed. You must have at least two witnesses sign the will.
You can lessen the chance of your will being contested by having your signature and those of your witnesses notarized. Our attorneys guide you through the process of preparing or probating a will in Virginia.
Modifying a will under Virginia law
Your will should be updated to reflect major changes such as divorce, death, remarriage or the birth of a child. Virginia law provides two methods of modifying a will:
- Drafting a codicil. A codicil is a separate legal document that details the changes and additions you wish to make to the existing will.
- Drafting a new will. A new will automatically revokes the previous will.
No matter which method you choose, the new document must follow Virginia will requirements to guarantee probate. To ensure your new or modified will is in accordance with Virginia law, you should seek legal help. At the Miller Law Group, P.C., our compassionate estate planning attorneys assist you in modifying your will to account for major changes in your circumstances.
Contact us for information on Virginia will requirements
At the Miller Law Group, P.C., our skilled estate planning attorneys can help you draft your will to specify your wishes, modify your will when circumstances warrant it, and ensure your will meets the requirements of Virginia law. With more than 30 years of combined experience, our attorneys and professional staff work hard to protect what’s important to our clients in Albemarle County and surrounding counties: their assets and their families. 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 in Charlottesville 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