Debunking misconceptions about District of Columbia Inheritance Law

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Debunking misconceptions about District of Columbia Inheritance Law

In District of Columbia doesn’t your spouse get everything if you pass?

One of the most common misconceptions about the District of Columbia Inheritance Law that causes people to put off making a will is the assumption their spouse will automatically inherit everything if they pass. In reality, it doesn’t work that way. Who get what will vary depending on the types of assets you have and the District of Columbia’s inheritance laws.

Isn’t it expensive to make a will in The District of Columbia?

Often people put off making a will because they think that making a will is too complicated and too expensive for them to undertake. Preparation of a last will and testament should not be costly under the District of Columbia inheritance law.

Antonoplos & Associates estate planning attorneys routinely counsel clients on probate avoidance and tax efficient estates. We employ a state-of-the-art tax planning software to model the tax consequences of estate plans on our clients’ custom needs.

Our Estate Planning Attorneys Assist Clients With:
  • Drafting Simple and Complex Wills, and attending to the execution;
  • Durable General Powers of Attorney, Limited Powers of Attorney;
  • Living Wills, Healthcare Proxies, Medical Visitations and other Medical Directives;
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts;
  • Life Insurance Trusts;
  • Special Needs Trusts;
  • Dynasty Trusts and Family Trusts;
  • Family Partnerships and Family Limited Liability Companies
  • Foundations;
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts;
  • Estate and gift Tax Determinations;

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Peter D. Antonoplos, Esq. is a partner in the Law Firm of Antonoplos & Associates. Mr. Antonoplos’ practice focuses on estate planning, real estate, probate and business & corporate law matters. For more content from Mr. Antonoplos regarding estate plans, check out our blog. Mr. Antonoplos is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York State, and the State of Maryland. Mr. Antonoplos routinely lectures on real estate, estate planning, probate and business & corporate law issues in Washington, D.C. and New York. Mr. Antonoplos is a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and children. He is an avid chess player and motorcycle enthusiast. He may be reached at 202-803-5676,, or directly available to consult.