Free Consultation with Experienced Charlottesville Estate Planning Attorneys
Estate planning is an essential exercise at any age, not only to craft your legacy but to make sure your children are properly cared for, and that your own health care and financial affairs are properly provided for in the event you become physically or mentally incapacitated, even temporarily. At Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz in Charlottesville, we help individuals and families throughout Albemarle County and Central Virginia draft or revise comprehensive estate plans that meet their needs now and into the future, from simple wills to complex trusts for estates of every size and complexity.
Help with Virginia Wills and Trusts
With a will, individuals are able to dispose of their property according to their wishes, leaving a lasting legacy to future generations. The will is also an appropriate document to name an executor or administrator of the estate, and to appoint a guardian for any minor children. Even if you are handling your property through trusts and other instruments, a will is still important to make sure all the property of your estate is captured and distributed in accordance with your desires.
In addition to drafting valid and enforceable wills, we assist in the creation of a variety of trusts, from revocable living trusts to more complex instruments designed for tax planning and other purposes. Through a trust, you can pass along property in a confidential manner and without going through the time and expense of probate. We can advise you on the right combination of wills, trusts, and other available instruments to best meet your needs.
Healthcare Directives and Powers of Attorney
An estate plan is incomplete if it does not address the important issue of incapacity. Through advance medical directives such as living wills, durable powers of attorney and other documents, you can make sure that your health care and financial decisions will be made in accordance with your wishes by someone you trust in the event you become unable to make these decisions for yourself. We take the time to sit down with you and discuss these important matters, making sure that no important decisions are put off and left for others to make for you in an atmosphere of stress and confusion.
Careful estate planning can sometimes prevent the need for going to court to have a guardianship imposed on an adult who has become incapacitated due to an accident, illness, or age and can no longer look after one’s own personal care or financial affairs. When a guardianship is appropriate, we assist family members in the process of obtaining an appointment and helping to make sure their loved one receives the proper care and attention.
Experienced Legal Help in Drafting or Revising a Comprehensive Virginia Estate Plan
For sensitive, practical advice and assistance in drafting or revising a comprehensive estate plan that meets all of your current and future needs, contact the experienced Virginia estate planning attorneys at Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz in Charlottesville.
Protecting Digital Assets
David Toscano worked on this legislation during the last General Assembly session and is happy to advise clients about how best to address their digital assets in their estate plans. Download an article appearing in the Daily Reporter about Digital Privacy after Death.