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Estate Planning for Small and Family-Owned Businesses

Small Business and Family-Owned Business Estate Planning

August 28, 2023   |   By: Chris Arakaky   Estate Planning for Small and Family-Owned Businesses   This article is only meant to serve as a general overview of business succession planning for small and family-owned businesses. Given that there is such a diverse and wide variety of business types, the specific factors to consider and… Continue reading Estate Planning for Small and Family-Owned Businesses

Conflicts Between Fiduciaries and Beneficiaries

By: Chris Arakaky  [11/8/22] When a person dies without a will, the person responsible for managing the estate is called an “administrator”. If the person died with a will, they would normally appoint somebody for this position, an “executor”. Both the administrator and executor are the “personal representative” of an estate. If a person executed… Continue reading Conflicts Between Fiduciaries and Beneficiaries

Virginia Standby Guardianship

By: Chris Arakaky  [9/28/22] As terrible and unfortunate as childhood bereavement may be, it is sadly more common than we might expect. In fact, about 6.5 percent of children ages 0-18 will experience the death of at least one parent.[1] Estate planning is a difficult topic enough as it is, but the issue of guardianship… Continue reading Virginia Standby Guardianship

International Estate Planning

By: Christopher Arakaky  [8/15/22] A consequence of living in an interconnected world is that there are now more considerations in planning for estates. As people cross borders for employment, marriage, quality of life, reunification, business, etc., their estates often accumulate property located in different countries. American citizens and lawful residents may have assets in foreign… Continue reading International Estate Planning

Incapacity In Virginia

By: Chris Arakaky According to Virginia law, a person is legally considered incapacitated if a court finds they are unable to evaluate information, interactions with others, and their surroundings to such an extent they lack the capacity to: (i) provide for their health, care, safety, or therapeutic needs without the assistance or protection of a… Continue reading Incapacity In Virginia

Probate in Virginia and Alternatives

By: Chris Arakaky Probate is the official proving and recording of a decedent’s last will and testament. It can also refer to the general administration of the decedent’s estate when there is no will (which is called an intestate estate). In Virginia, the primary person responsible and accountable to the circuit court and the commissioner… Continue reading Probate in Virginia and Alternatives

Estate Planning for College Students

By: Christopher M. Arakaky There are many considerations when planning the transition from high school graduate to college student, and an estate plan for a young adult should be included in this. A well-drafted estate plan will help put parents’ minds at ease as they send their child away to college and can help reduce… Continue reading Estate Planning for College Students

Asset Protection Trusts and Alternatives

By: Christopher M. Arakaky We live in an incredibly litigious nation. Every year, billions of dollars are spent on lawsuits across the country. Business owners, professionals, and high-profile individuals, among others, are constantly seeking ways to protect their assets should they ever experience legal problems. An asset protection trust, which is a type of irrevocable… Continue reading Asset Protection Trusts and Alternatives

Estate Planning Issues for People with Minor Children

By Christopher M. Arakaky  [03.02.2020] You’ve worked hard for many years to provide for your family and to build your estate. You know how critical it is that your estate planning documents are prepared correctly so you can pass on what you own to your loved ones without a glitch. When you have adult children,… Continue reading Estate Planning Issues for People with Minor Children

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