At the Law Office of Pleasant S. Brodnax, III, I offer a full range of services relating to wills, including drafting, review, amendment, revocation and execution. My experience enables me to provide reliable and practical estate planning advice to people from all walks of life. I understand that it can feel overwhelming to make plans for the property and assets you have accumulated over a lifetime, and it can be difficult to think about how your children should be cared for if the unthinkable happens. My goal is to help my clients create wills in which they can feel confident and secure. I handle estates of all sizes and level of complexity, creating clear and enforceable instructions that accurately convey my clients’ intentions.
Simple mistakes can render wills invalid in whole or in part. Essential elements of a valid will include:
An error in the drafting of your will can cause confusion in the court and conflict among your heirs. To make sure that your wishes can be carried out, it is wise to hire a respected lawyer. I offer pertinent and personal legal advice for drafting valid wills.
Your last will and testament provides the opportunity to distribute your property and finances, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is the primary means by which you can leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your estate is distributed, making decisions that might not reflect your desires. I can draft clear, legally sound wills that include considerations for:
As your life unfolds, your circumstances and concerns may shift. To remain current, you should review and update your will intermittently. I can advise you on your will in light of your current finances, marital status and family situation. I can also add valid supplements (known as codicils) that address changes in your state of affairs and outlook.
I draft effective wills for clients in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Call me at 202-462-1100 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.