Take care of a loved one who has special needs with a special needs trust

Special Needs Trusts: What They Are and How They Work in Virginia

When creating or revising your estate plan, it’s important to take into account all of your loved ones. Because each family has its own unique set of circumstances, there are a variety of trusts and other vehicles available to specifically address most families’ estate planning objectives. Special needs trusts (SNTs), also called “supplemental needs trusts,”….

Addressing your elderly parents in your estate plan in 5 steps

Addressing your elderly parents in your estate plan in 5 steps

Typically, an estate plan includes accommodations for your spouse, children, grandchildren and even future generations. But some members of the family can be overlooked, such as your parents or in-laws. Yet the older generation may also need your financial assistance. How can you best handle the financial affairs of parents in the later stages of….

A power of attorney is a critical component of an effective estate plan

A power of attorney is a critical component of an effective estate plan

While much of your estate plan focuses on actions that take place after death, it’s equally important to have a plan for making critical financial or medical decisions if you’re unable to make them for yourself during your lifetime. This is why including a power of attorney in your estate plan is a must. Defining….

Is it time to review your beneficiary designations?

Is it time to review your beneficiary designations?

A will or revocable trust may form the core of your estate plan, but for many people, a substantial amount of wealth bypasses these traditional estate planning tools and is transferred to their loved ones through beneficiary designations. These “nonprobate assets” may include IRAs and certain employer-sponsored retirement accounts, life insurance policies, and some bank….

Comparing Inter Vivos and Testamentary Trusts

Comparing Inter Vivos and Testamentary Trusts

Creating and adhering to an estate plan is no simple task. Generally, the end goal of estate planning is to divide up and transfer assets to loved ones at minimal or zero tax cost. Of course, a will is a good starting point, but it may be supplemented by various other estate planning techniques, including….

Breathe New Life Into a Trust by Decanting It

Breathe New Life Into a Trust by Decanting It

Building flexibility into your estate plan allows you to adapt to changing circumstances, evolving tax laws, and new family situations. You can achieve that flexibility by providing your trustee with the ability to decant your trust. “Decanting” Defined One definition of decanting is to pour wine or another liquid from one vessel into another. In….

Hugh Jackman’s the Latest Gray Divorce: Navigating the End of Long-Term Marriage

Hugh Jackman’s the Latest Gray Divorce: Navigating the End of Long-Term Marriage

Move over blockbuster breakups — there’s a new (or not-so-new) couple calling it quits. Iconic actor Hugh Jackman, known for his portrayal of Wolverine, is now navigating the world of gray divorce with his wife of 27 years, Deborra-Lee Furness. As the headlines buzz with their separation, Carolyn Grimes, partner at Friedman, Grimes, Meinken &….

Gun Rights and Laws in Virginia

Gun laws in Virginia

Learn everything you need to know about gun rights and laws in Virginia. Find out if there’s a minimum age requirement, what can prevent you from owning a firearm, and the rules on open and concealed carry.

New Pot Laws in Virginia: The Do’s and Don’ts

Are you aware of the do’s and don’ts of marijuana use in Virginia? Partners at Friedman, Grimes, Meinken & Leischner PLLC share their knowledge on navigating marijuana use in the state. Find out what the new laws mean for smoking in public, traveling with marijuana, and more. Stay informed and avoid potential legal issues.

Does Smoking Marijuana Affect Child Custody in Virginia?

Does Smoking Marijuana Affect Child Custody Cases in Virginia?

Learn how the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use in Virginia affects child custody proceedings. Partners at Friedman, Grimes, Meinken & Leischner PLLC explains the legal uncertainties surrounding marijuana use and child custody cases, including drug testing and navigating the law in varying jurisdictions.

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin: Married Without a Prenup

Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin: Married Without a Prenup

You’ve probably heard that Bieber and Baldwin got married, which is big news. But another detail arose that created a large media buzz. The couple got married without a prenup.

Is It Legal to Lock Out Your Spouse in Virginia?

Don’t make the mistake of locking out your spouse in Virginia! Doing so could break the law, as explained by attorney Jessica Leischner. Discover the legal implications of locking out your spouse and the alternatives you can pursue in this informative article.

No-Contact Bond Conditions in Domestic Violence Cases – FAQ Friday

In domestic violence cases, bond conditions often prohibit the alleged aggressor from contacting the victim. Violating these bond conditions may result in jail time. Learn more.

What to Do When Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation in Virginia?

What to Do When Pulled Over for a Traffic Violation in Virginia

Navigating a traffic stop can be stressful, but knowing your rights can help. Learn about what to do when pulled over in Virginia.

How to Restore Your Second Amendment Rights – FAQ Friday

How to restore your second amendment rights

Partners at Friedman, Grimes, Meinken & Leischner PLLC share the process and tips on how to restore your gun rights. Learn how to restore your civil rights, what will impact the Circuit Court’s decision, and how to present your story to the court.

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