The exact makeup of an estate plan depends on the goal of its creator(s): an estate plan meant to preserve assets for a disabled child, for example, is constructed very differently than a plan designed to donate large funds to charitable organizations. We build relationships with our clients to understand the specifics of their circumstances and help determine what estate planning tools should be used to protect themselves, their assets, and their loved ones. Our services include drafting, finalizing, and updating:
Planning for a family's long term well being is often a difficult, emotionally laden process—even before the legal aspects of estate planning come into play. Estate plans must account for your present needs, contain contingent plans for what should be done if you become incapacitated, and dictate the dispersal of your assets after your passing. We will guide you through the maze of Federal, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC laws and policies regarding wills, trusts, and estates.
Fishman Law, PLLC aims to demystify the estate planning process by listening to clients' concerns and explaining—in everyday language—the legal options that best meet their needs. Attorneys Vicki Fishman and Nancy Klain work directly with clients and other professionals to develop comprehensive estate plans that address everything from simple bequests to estate and gift tax concerns and more. Many of our clients are referrals from financial planners, accountants, and previous clients familiar with our attention to detail and knowledge of the law.
We make sure clients address decisions they may not even know they had to make, such as whose name needs to go on an asset's title to ensure it is consistent with the estate plan, and provide guidance for those whose understanding of estate plans is minimal. When the time comes, we also help clients through the probate and estate administration process.
Estate Planning and Administration