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Dying Without a Last Will and Testament April 11, 2017

Dying Without a Last Will and Testament A will provides a set of instructions for distributing assets after an individual’s death.  When you die without a will, however, no such instructions exist.  The text below answers a number of questions that individuals have regarding the consequences of dying without a will. Dying Without a Last Will: Who’s… Read more »

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Legal Requirements For A Valid Last Will April 11, 2017

Legal Requirements For A Valid Last Will  The formal requirements for a valid last will often vary by jurisdiction.  Therefore, when creating a will, it is important to meet all the legal requirements of your state.  If a court holds your will invalid, your assets may fall victim to the laws of intestacy.  Though the law varies… Read more »

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Life Events to Consider When Making a Last Will April 11, 2017

Life Events to Consider When Making a Last Will Throughout life, there are different events that people take into consideration when making a will. Individuals often make one will, and then never broach the subject again. This is a mistake.  An outdated last will and testament can cause serious problems during the probate process.  It is important to regularly… Read more »

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IRA Beneficiary Trusts March 29, 2017

IRA Beneficiary Trusts Many people use Individual Retirement Accounts (“IRAs”) as an investment tool when planning for retirement.  Like any other asset, IRA owners have the right to name whomever they wish to be the beneficiary of the account.  If you have significant assets, you might want to consider setting up a trust that is… Read more »

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Estate Planning After Divorce February 14, 2017

Estate Planning After Divorce Talking about, and planning for Estate Planning After Divorce is generally considered an off-putting conversation, and is often afforded low-priority status for most individuals. This rings especially true for people going through the emotional and financial turmoil that is divorce and the necessary changes to an estate plan that must follow.  However,… Read more »

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The Basics of Mechanic’s Lien Priority January 12, 2017

The Basics of Mechanic’s Lien Priority Mechanic’s lien priority functions differently than the priority of other types of liens. As is generally the case, a lien priority is typically determined by the timing of their filing. For example, the first lien filed with the Recorder of Deeds will be the first mortgage, which carries with… Read more »

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Guide to Elder Law December 6, 2016

Elder law is focused on addressing the issues faced by people over the age of 55 as well as their families. The practice of elder law involves preparing each client to deal with the complex issues that arise as we grow older through discussion. There are many legal options available to manage future age-related mental… Read more »

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The Importance of Business Succession Planning October 16, 2016

The Importance of Business Succession Planning? Business succession planning is one of the most important things the owner of any business can do. There are five compelling and universal reasons to plan for the succession of your business: (A) Taxes If the business owner has no plan for succession at the time of his or her… Read more »

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Probate In The District of Columbia October 14, 2016

When a person in the District of Columbia wishes to open and disburse a probate estate they must follow the steps and procedures set forth in the District of Columbia Code Title 20, §§ 100 – 1305 and summarized below. First, the interested party must file a petition for probate with the probate court. Interested… Read more »

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Estate Tax For Resident Aliens October 13, 2016

Estate Tax For Resident Aliens Each year, the number of resident aliens in the District of Columbia swells as flocks of individuals, diplomats, and business professionals come to Washington, D.C. for either short­term assignments, as long term residents, or as part of a plan to one day become a U.S. citizen. Through globalization, the world has… Read more »

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