Essential Estate Planning Is … Well … Essential in Virginia


Contrary to popular belief, estate planning is not just about money or taxes. Far from  it. Today, it's more about protecting your assets for yourself and your loved
ones, achieving your financial goals, and safeguarding your health care.

Your “estate plan” is not just about money or assets, and for that matter it is not just about taxation. While it is too easy to focus on taxes, ecause these are as political as personal, there is far more to consider when making your own estate plan.

No, estate planning is truly an activity of planning for all aspects of your life and for the wellbeing of your loved ones.

A recent article in The Examiner makes the case for estate planning, appropriately titled the “Top 7 reasons you need an estate plan—even if you have only $500 in the bank.

Cutting right to the chase, here are the seven reasons listed in the article:

  1. Your healthcare
  2. Avoiding probate
  3. Avoiding family feuds, knowing that sentimental goods
    are just as likely to incite a family squabble
  4. Ensuring your beneficiaries on your retirement accounts
    are, indeed, your intended heirs
  5. Ensuring for the care of the kids, and maybe even the
  6. Managing complicated assets
  7. Ensuring for the succession of leadership in your
    family business

You see, your estate is the sum of the aspects of your life. Your “legal” life touches your “personal” life, touches your “financial” life, touches your “medical” life, and so on and so forth. That is a lot to think about, think through, and plan.

Much of an estate plan involves wrapping your mind around these details to ensure the good of your family and even your own good, later in life. In the end, these considerations are much more important that merely escaping the estate tax or other taxes.

You can  learn more about this topic as well as other strategies on our website under the tab entitled: estate planning in Virginia. Be sure you also sign up for our complimentary e-newsletter so that you may be informed of all the latest issues that could affect you, your loved ones and your estate planning.

Reference: The Examiner (August 24, 2013) “Top 7 reasons you need an estate plan—even if you have only $500 in the bank

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The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has taken our entire country by surprise. We understand how difficult this time is for America’s businesses and families.  However, we believe it is vitally important that we make every effort possible to continue to offer solutions that avoid disrupting our important partnership with you, your family and friends.  As you know, estate planning is not something that should wait for a more convenient time, therefore the opportunity to address your important goals both during and after this crisis should not wait.  To that end, we have added the option of a ‘virtual consultation’ to our office process.  You will now have a choice of either meeting with us in our office or in the comfort of your own home.