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Avoiding Probate

Probate can be a lengthy and expensive business if you have not planned in advance by writing a will or creating a trust. Let Northern Virginia Trusts & Estates help you to avoid probate court by advising you on your estate planning options.

We pride ourselves on the affordable legal services that we provide and the expertise of our lawyers.

Call us today at Northern Virginia Trusts & Estates to discuss estate planning and avoiding probate. Dial  703 938 3510  to speak to a legal expert.

We have served many clients with comprehensive legal services all across Northern Virginia, including Fairfax, Reston, McLean, Vienna, Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Tyson`s Corner, Sterling and Great Falls. We offer legal counsel for trust administration, wills, Family Limited Partnerships and all your estate planning needs.

What is probate?

Probate is the legal process by which the estate and assets of a person are transferred to the heirs. In the event of a death, the will is examined for validity by the probate court, any objections to the will are heard, and the assets are transferred to the heirs according to the wishes of the deceased. If no will is present, then the probate court will decide how to distribute the estate according to State law.

You can avoid probate in a number of ways:

  • Trusts, including revocable living trusts, charitable trusts, life insurance trusts
  • Pay on Death accounts
  • Property Ownership, including joint tenancy, tenancy in common, tenancy in entirety
  • Gifts
  • Small Estates Procedures

Why you should avoid probate

Probate can be a lengthy and complex process, proving difficult for an executor to understand. It can tie up property for months or even a year, and it is expensive, taking up to 5% of the value of the estate in legal fees.

Contact us today and let us assist you with avoiding probate. Our services are affordable, delivered by legal experts, and available in all of Northern Virginia.