Estate Planning 101

Everyone of us has an estate plan whether they are aware of it or not. Your estate is comprised of everything you own— your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, and personal possessions. No matter how big or small, everyone has an estate. At Cornerstone Estate Planners, we are Virginia estate planning attorneys that provide estate planning services for people from all walks of life. 

Each estate plan is unique in it owns way. Estate planning documents like wills, medical directives, and powers of attorney can help to ensure that your instructions are carried out as they should be should you become incapacitated or pass away. Our experienced legal counsel also provides assistance with complex trust instruments or business succession planning. No matter how simple or how complicated your estate planning needs, we can help. If you select Cornerstone Estate Planners to provide you with your estate planning services, you can expect to receive expert counseling from experienced and licensed law professionals, with a thorough understanding of the state and federal laws that affect how your estate will be inventoried, valued, dispersed, and taxed after your death. In addition to educating you about the probate process, an estate planning attorney can assist you with the following tasks:

  • Creating a will
  • Designating your beneficiaries
  • Establishing durable power of attorney and advance medical directive
  • Finding ways to reduce and avoid estate tax when possible
  • Finding ways to avoid the probate court process
  • Setting up any trusts you might need to protect your assets, both for your own benefit during your lifetime in the event of incapacity, and for the benefit of your beneficiaries after your death

Why wait any further? When it comes to estate planning, there is no better time to begin planning than the present. The future is always uncertain, and you want to know that your family and loved ones will be cared for and that your final wishes will be honored. Please contact Cornerstone Estate Planners so that we can help you determine what your estate planning checklist should contain. Our services are tailored to your individual needs, no matter how simple or how complex your needs may be.