Estate Planning Law Firm in Northern VA & Shenandoah Valley - McCarthy & Akers, PLC

Shenandoah Valley Probate Attorney

Lost a Loved One and Need A Shenandoah Valley Area Probate & Estate Administration Attorney That Can Help You Settle The Estate Efficiently and Lift The Stress and Burden of This Complex and Intimidating Process From Your Shoulders?

If you’ve been named Executor, Trustee or have a loved one that died without a Will, and you face the challenges of Probate, Estate Administration, or Trust Administration, you’re in the right place.

Why Choose McCarthy & Akers PLC?

  • Custom Plans & Solutions – You and your family are unique. That’s why we don’t use fill-in-the-blank documents. Your plan is YOUR plan. We create plans that best protect what you’ve built and fulfill your goals.
  • Proactive Approach – We help clients prevent legal problems and mistakes before they happen.
  • Confidential Case Assessment – During your phone assessment, we will listen to you and help determine your next steps.
  • Focused Legal Practice - Our firm has always concentrated on elder law, estate planning, asset protection, trust administration, long-term care plans, and closely related areas.
  • No Hidden Fees - Know the costs before starting (in most situations).
  • Experienced – In our many years in business, we've helped hundreds of families protect their legacy and plan for their future.
  • We Take Complex & Difficult Cases – This is where tenacity and knowledge of the law matter. We do what’s necessary, even in challenging situations. Our attorneys have tried cases at all levels of the Virginia Courts, including appeals before the Virginia Supreme Court.
  • Alignment with Family Value – We help you consider family dynamics that better ensure your values are carried on.
  • Highly Responsive - We strive for “freaky fast” returned client calls. No going dark or waiting days to hear back.
  • Client Education Focused - You'll get a clear & concise understanding of each step in the process.
  • Trusted – Elder Counsel Member (Your Success. Our Commitment. Excellence in Elder Law and Special Needs.)
  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Named among Virginia’s “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business Magazine. Lead Counsel Rated. Awarded the Distinguished Member designation by the Thomas More Law Center. See some of our client reviews below.

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Probate / Estate Administration – What We Do

Nothing is more difficult than losing a loved one. It seems like the worst time to navigate the legal and financial complexities of probate and estate administration. We understand and know how emotional and stressful this can be. We help you honor your loved ones’ wishes and settle their estates properly and efficiently.

Why Clients Hire McCarthy & Akers for Probate and Why You Should Consider Hiring an Attorney:

Reduces Your Stress
Why guess or do things incorrectly? We know the process and will work with you throughout the process.

Outdated, Contradictory, or Vague Wills
A will does not avoid probate, and many wills have issues. A lawyer helps you navigate the holes a will may have.

Avoid or Minimize Family Disputes
Wills sometimes exclude family members. Others may call wills into question. Family members may simply disagree on how to handle inherited property. When a lawyer is involved, these issues are often minimized or avoided altogether.

Allows You to Focus on Your Family & Job
If you have little free time, getting help from a law firm saves you time.

To Keep Everything Organized
Many moving parts can be involved. We properly organize inventories, accounting sheets, and other probate court forms. In short, this can speed up the probate process.

If You Don’t Know the Laws or Paperwork
Probate laws and forms feature detailed and hard-to-understand language. A lawyer helps protect you by ensuring compliance with the law.

When Estate Assets are Complicated
Certain assets like real estate, art, or a business can create complications or additional steps like appraisals. We’ve handled many of these situations to help maximize what the beneficiaries receive.

Your Reputation Can Be at Stake
If you were named the fiduciary, you have a duty to act in the estate's best interest. If you fail in your duty, you may personally be liable. An attorney ensures you do things properly.

Avoid Potential Tax Problems
After someone passes away, their estate must file a final tax return. If taxes are due, past taxes have accumulated, or past returns were not filed, professional help can be beneficial.

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Client Reviews – McCarthy & Akers, PLC

Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience:

" quick to respond to the problems,”” provided intelligent and common sense guidance,”” They are topnotch,”” very knowledgeable, communicative and kind team,”” Would recommend them to anyone,”” proactive, responsive and most importantly, accurate and effective,”” gave clear and precise instructions and recommendations,”” would recommend this team without reservation,”” I cannot speak more highly of this law firm,”” could not be more pleased,”” great results that were achieved by the elder care attorney,”” have been an extremely satisfied client,”” would, without hesitation, highly recommend.”

If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, contact us to see if we are right for your situation and how we can help you not only get through it but also ensure your loved one’s wishes are fulfilled.

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About Probate aka Estate Administration in Virginia

Probate (also referred to as Estate Administration) is a legal process that takes place after someone passes away. The goals of Probate include:

  • Proving in court the validity of a deceased person’s will.
  • Distributing the estate's property as the will directed (if applicable).
  • Paying creditors and any debts of the estate.
  • Inventory and, when appropriate, appraisal of the deceased person’s property.
  • Probate (also referred to as Estate Administration) is a legal process that takes place after someone passes away.

How We Care for Your Case

  • At the end of every meeting, we will ask if we’ve answered all of your questions.
  • We will reliably follow up on any open issues.
  • We will provide you with regular updates about your case.
  • Throughout the estate administration process, you, the executor or trustee, remain in control and make the decisions.

Our Location

We help families within or near the Shenandoah Valley area and outside of Virginia when they need to handle issues or an estate for a family member within the state.

Locally, clients come to us from Front Royal, Strasburg, Middleburg, Berryville, Boyce, Purcellville, Manassas, and Warrenton.

What To Do Now:

We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Since time is often critical to ensure the best result, contact us now for one-on-one assistance at (540) 722-2181 with your questions, a description of your situation, or to schedule a consultation. You may also simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office. You can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours of the same day. All information is confidential.

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Hours Of Operation

Mon-Fri: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, By Appointment
While other law firms may see you as just a number or another case, we take the time to get to know you and understand your legal needs. We will craft a solution that works best for you.
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