Wills And Trusts
The Importance Of Having A Well-Drafted Will
I am James T. Jordan, an experienced will and trust attorney in Salem, Virginia. For nearly 15 years, I have been serving individuals and families throughout the Roanoke Valley. I thoroughly understand the importance of ensuring that my clients have meticulously drafted wills that stand up in a court of law.
If you have a well-drafted will, the probate process will usually flow very smoothly. If the will is drawn up incorrectly — or if you have no will at all — probate can be a very expensive and lengthy ordeal. In addition, a poorly drafted will can lead to unnecessary contention between family members.
As your lawyer, my mission will be to ensure that:
- There are no will contests or litigation after you pass on
- Your assets are distributed to those you choose
- Your children and other dependents are taken care of
Do You Need A Trust?
Everyone needs a will, but not everyone needs a trust. It depends on your particular situation and the size of your estate. For most people, a will, a power of attorney and an advance medical directive are all they need.
However, if there is potential for a minor to inherit your assets, then you may require a trust within your will. Trusts can also be useful for avoiding exorbitant estate taxes and for circumventing the lengthy probate process.
Translating Your Wishes Into Reality
To be a successful estate planning lawyer, I believe one must have a firm grasp on the nuances of the law and understand how to translate a client’s wishes and desires into secure legal documents. I will listen to your goals and concerns, determine the size of your estate and advise you accordingly. My objective is to be your trusted counselor and help you make the best decisions possible regarding your family’s future.