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Roanoke Wills, Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer

There is a misconception that preparing a will and planning your estate matters is only done after you have lived the majority of your life. This is simply not true. Planning for your future and the future of your loved ones and your finances is an important step to take whether you are retired or you have just started your family.

At Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico, we can assist you with all estate planning needs in order to avoid any confusion surrounding the outcome of your important assets, including your finances and businesses. We can also help you establish your wishes regarding significant medical, financial and business decisions.

Trusted Roanoke and Salem Probate Lawyers Helping You Plan for Your Future

Roanoke wills, estate planning and probate attorneys Michelle C. F. Derrico and Richard L. Derrico have been assisting individuals and families in and around Roanoke, Virginia, for more than 40 years combined. Our knowledge of estate planning has helped our clients appropriately prepare for the future.

Our dedicated team of professionals can help you and your family with:

  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of attorney
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Advanced medical directives/living wills
  • Probate administration

Our experienced estate planning lawyers can help you minimize taxes, avoid probate and ultimately assist you in making the most responsible choices depending on your circumstances. Often, a will appoints an executor to pay bills and distribute assets as directed. Sometimes the executor may not be experienced in managing these matters that include the filing of notices, inventories and accountings. We can help guide those executors in order to perform the requirements properly.

We can also help you consider important factors that you may not have thought of, including:

  • Did you know that if you have children of a prior marriage, and do not have a will, they, and any other children you have will inherit two-thirds of your estate and your current spouse will receive one-third?
  • Did you know in Virginia you can "will" your children to a specific guardian?
  • If your spouse becomes incapacitated it can cost thousands of dollars to be legally appointed as guardian and conservator by a court. A power of attorney prepared in advance, usually costing less than $100.00 can avoid this difficulty and expense.
  • Did you know that you can name a specific person to make end of life decisions such as removing artificial mechanical life support?

Contact Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico Today

We invite you to contact our Roanoke wills and trusts attorneys at Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico regarding your difficult legal matters. Call 540-343-9349, or visit our Contact page to schedule a confidential consultation at our law office in Roanoke, Virginia. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with after hours and weekends by appointment. We serve clients in the Roanoke valley and throughout southwest Virginia. Spanish translation available upon request.