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Questions About Wills in Virginia

At Thomas L. Hunter, P.C., our attorneys look forward to helping you set up your will. Following are some frequently asked questions and answers about wills in Virginia —

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The law firm of Thomas L. Hunter, P.C. is here to assist you with all aspects of estate planning. To speak to one of our compassionate and experienced lawyers, contact us online or call one of our four convenient offices —

  • Hampton/Peninsula : 757-825-0400
  • Gloucester: 804-694-0560
  • Portsmouth/Southside: 757-393-1110
  • Williamsburg: 757-345-3900

If I pass away without a will, what happens?

If you die and do not have a will, the state determines what happens to your property and assets. If you have a spouse and/or children, the state passes your property and assets on to them.

Do I need a lawyer to create a will?

It is always best to work with a wills attorney  to make your wishes known in a will. Generic forms do not address your specific issues.

Can someone challenge my will after I die?

Challenging a will is very difficult. In order for someone to have your will changed, they must prove to a court of law that your signature was forged, or that you were not of sound mind when you wrote the will.

Do I have to leave property or assessments to my spouse?

Disinheriting your spouse in the State of Virginia can be difficult. If you choose to leave your spouse out of your will, he or she may claim an elective share in your augmented estate within six months of the probate of the will.

Can a will be changed?

You can revoke or change a will at any time before death by drafting a new will that states all prior wills are invalid. In addition, you must intentionally destroy the old will.

What is an executor?

An executor is the person who will carry out the instructions on your last will and testament.

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