Estate Planning Attorney

Each estate planning attorney at Longman & Van Grack has many years of experience with countless different types of future planning documents, particularly in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia.

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Our wills, trusts, and tax estate planning attorneys understand that every individual is different, and each person needs their future planned in a unique way. Thus, Longman & Van Grack has specific attorneys to address each client’s estate planning needs. Here a list of the estate planning areas that each estate planning attorney at Longman & Van Grack has a background in:

Most people know about wills, trusts, and their basic purpose to ensure that an individual’s assets go to the proper beneficiaries when one passes away. However, wills and trusts can be used for a lot more than simply dictating who gets certain property items. Each Maryland, DC, and Virginia estate planning attorney at our firm works with each client to address all of the client’s needs.

The most common purpose for a will is to name a specific individual or group of individuals that one chooses to receive particular property or assets belonging to a person when they pass away.

Additionally, a will is the specific document that names the individual(s) that should raise one’s children if something happens to them.

Further, a trust can be created. Sometimes a person may not want a child or loved one to receive all of the assets or property that they are inheriting at once. Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC will all permit such estate planning trust creations. In these types of situations, each estate planning attorney at Longman & Van Grack can help an individual may choose to use a trust.

Specifically, in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC, a trust can hold assets and property on someone else’s behalf. In wills, trusts are commonly established for minor children, so that an adult can manage the children’s money until they reach an age when their parents believe that the no-longer-children will be able to manage it. Trusts are also commonly used in second marriage situations  wherein an individual may want to allow a spouse to have access to certain assets while the spouse is living, but for the assets or property to ultimately pass to the decedent’s children.

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Also, while it is not a requirement, many wills that we draft states whether an individual wants to be buried or cremated, and where/how the body should be buried or the ashes should be spread. Sometimes, wills contain other information about funeral arrangements.

Further, in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC wills can be great tools for tax planning in order to avoid federal or state estate or inheritance taxes. Our tax attorneys and estate planning attorneys specialize in tax planning as part of estate planning. This specific tax planing can often be accomplished by setting up various trusts.

Finally, a will can address what individual will be the executor of the estate being created — the person who has been designated to carry out a deceased desires. Wills can also specify the trustee of any trusts — the person who who has been designated to carry out the instructions of the trusts.

If you have an estate, trust, or future planning question or concern, call Longman & Van Grack at (301) 291-5027 to schedule a consultation with an estate planning attorney at our offices in Bethesda, Maryland; Rockville, Maryland; Washington, DC; or Tysons Corner, Virginia. And if you would like more information regarding our specific areas of estate planning lawyers, read our Practice Area descriptions.

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With Offices in Bethesda, MD and Rockville, MD, the attorneys at Longman & Van Grack assist clients throughout Washington, DC and Maryland including Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, Chevy Chase, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.

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With Offices in Maryland (Rockville or Bethesda), Virginia (Tysons Corner), and Washington, DC, the attorneys at Longman & Van Grack assist clients throughout Washington, DC and Maryland including Montgomery County, Howard County, Prince George's County, Chevy Chase, Darnestown, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Potomac, Silver Spring, and Wheaton. Hiring an attorney is an important decision which should not be based solely on advertising. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.