Wills And Trusts

Wills and trusts are foundational documents in estate planning. They are the primary legal tools for establishing your wishes and accomplishing your goals. However, to be fully effective, they must be carefully drafted to avoid pitfalls and accurately reflect your objectives.

Each of these legal instruments accomplishes a specific purpose. Determining whether to pursue a will or trust — or both — requires a detailed analysis of your finances, assets, family members and other circumstances. State law and tax implications will also shape the direction you choose to pursue. At Ryland & Merchak, PC, we can assist you in developing a comprehensive estate plan designed to meet your needs and goals.

What About A Living Will?

A living will is a separate document that indicates your wishes about end-of-life issues such as life-prolonging procedures and treatment options. When paired with an advance medical directive (sometimes called a medical power of attorney), this tool is a powerful way to take control of your future and enjoy peace of mind knowing your wishes will be honored.

Experienced, One-On-One Guidance

Sorting through the numerous estate planning options available to you and making strategic decisions can be overwhelming. You can turn to our firm for detailed guidance on which estate planning tools make the most sense for your situation. We serve clients from all walks of life, including current or former military personnel, federal government employees and contractors, and law enforcement.

Our estate planning lawyer, Bill Ryland, draws on decades of legal experience to navigate the nuances of strategic legacy planning. You can expect one-on-one guidance and goal-oriented recommendations.

Serving Northern Virginia

Learn more about wills and trusts by contacting our firm at 703-496-5273. Based in Woodbridge, our estate planning attorney serves clients throughout Northern Virginia.