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Woodstock Estate Planning Attorneys

Plan for Your Future.

Get legal expertise in all aspects of planning for your future and providing for your loved ones. The attorneys at McCarthy & Akers, PLC, will help you create a customized estate plan to ensure your personal and financial affairs are taken care of.

Face the future with certainty.

As you research the estate planning process, you may feel growing uncertainty about the best course of action. You’ve spent time building expertise in your own field, but estate planning is new and complicated for you. You need good advice from experts you can trust.

You Need Experienced Woodstock Estate Planning Attorneys

McCarthy & Akers, PLC is one of the few area law firms with the level of expertise necessary to assist you with your estate planning needs. Attorneys with less experience are prone to make bad assumptions, and the result is worse estate planning advice for you. We’ve been doing business for 16 years, and in that time we’ve built up strong expertise in our areas of practice.

Our Attorneys Will Respond to You Within 24 Hours

When working with other attorneys, have you ever felt like just a number or another case to them? Do they return your calls quickly, and explain themselves to your satisfaction? If not, then you deserve better, and McCarthy & Akers is committed to bringing it to you. Communication is so important to us that we maintain a strict policy of responding to any messages from you within 24 hours.

A Team of Attorneys is Better for You

Our years of experience have taught us that the best solution to your challenges involves a team. No single attorney can support you as well as a team of attorneys with complementary specialties and experience.

Frequently Asked Questions About Estate Planning

Estate Planning:

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Glossary of Estate Planning Terms

  • Beneficiary: The person or entity who receives property in accordance with a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement account, or other third-party beneficiary contract.
  • Estate Tax: A tax on the transfer of property after death. This is levied by the state and/or federal government. An estate has the obligation to pay estate tax.
  • Marital Deduction: An unlimited gift tax deduction or estate tax deduction. This type of tax law allows an individual to give assets to his or her spouse with reduced or no tax imposed upon the transfer.
  • Power of Appointment: The power granted to a person allowing him or her to dispose or designate who is to receive certain property under the will.
  • Probate: The judicial process which determines the validity of a will in a court of law and the martialing and distribution of the deceased’s estate.
  • Trustee: The individual or entity that acts as the legal owner of the trust assets. They are responsible for handling any of the assets held in trust, tax filings, and distribution of the assets according to the instructions of the trust.
  • Will: A legal document that identifies where your assets should be distributed after your death. This also gives you the ability to nominate guardians for dependent children. Without a will, the courts determine what happens to your assets and decides the legal responsibility for your kids.

What is estate planning?

Estate planning is a process involving planning for the transfer of an individual’s property after death. It involves the counsel of professional advisors, who are familiar with your desires and concerns, your assets, and family structure.

It may involve a will and / or trust and the services of a variety of professionals: your attorney, accountant, financial planner, life insurance advisor, banker, and broker.

What is my "estate"?

An estate is the net worth of a person at any point in time, alive or dead. Once an individual has passed away, it consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by a will, trust, or intestacy laws (the laws of descent and distribution). This is the sum of a person’s assets; legal rights, interests and entitlements.

An estate may contain real property (real estate, houses, or investment properties) or personal property (bank accounts, securities, jewelry and automobiles, etc.).

What is the estate planning attorney's role?

A lawyer’s role in estate planning involves advising clients as to the options available and recommendations to accomplish clients’ objectives and assisting clients with drafting and implementing legal documents, including trusts and wills.

While lawyers are not required in order to plan your estate, it may be best to work with an estate planning attorney in ensure that your wishes are carried out. This is especially true if your estate is large, complex, or contains unusual assets.

Do I need an estate planning attorney?

Whether or not you need an estate planning lawyer to help depends on the extent and complexity of your assets and intentions regarding administration of your estate.

While it may be possible for individuals to draft some estate planning documents on their own, it is important to consult with legal professionals to ensure that your estate is administered as you would wish.

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Shenandoah Valley

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Front Royal, Va 22630

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145 E. King Street
Strasburg, Va 22657

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Winchester, Va 22601

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109 N. Main St, Suite 201
Woodstock, VA 22664
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Northern Virginia

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10432 Balls Ford Rd., Ste 300,
Manassas, VA 20109

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25 S. 4th St., Suite 102,
Warrenton, Va 20186