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Estate Planning and Wills in Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville wills and estates attorneys help you preserve wealth for the future


Whether planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or wrangling with the probate process while mourning the loss of a loved one, the attorneys at Skeen Law Offices can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Wills drafting and execution

Estate planning

You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. When devising an estate plan, Skeen Law Offices considers how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.

James E. Skeen thoroughly analyzes your estate and strategizes the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Drafting your last will and testament

A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court will determine how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your beloved pet, decisions that might not reflect your desires.

The attorneys at Skeen Law Offices can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.

Changing your will

As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. Skeen Law Offices drafts valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, numbers of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship

If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care, especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children, and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets’ care in your will, including naming a guardian who will take responsibility for your pets.

Contact wills and estate planning lawyers you can trust at Skeen Law Offices

For assistance with wills and estate planning, call Skeen Law Offices at 877.752.0586 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.

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