A Springing Power of Attorney May Cause Problems | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Estate Attorney

A Springing Power of Attorney May Cause Problems | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Estate Attorney
A springing power of attorney is a power of attorney that “springs” into effect when you become “incapacitated”. The idea that your power of attorney would only be able to manage your finances when you are unable to handle them yourself sounds like a good idea, but logistically, it is cumbersome and potentially detrimental to your financial well-being. There are... Read More

Virginia Estate Law: Suit to Impeach a Will | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney

Virginia Estate Law: Suit to Impeach a Will | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney
Wills are seen as the last wishes of the person who created the will, also known as the testator, after he or she passes away. The courts follow the instructions and provisions of the will strictly since the deceased is no longer able to communicate his or her wishes. In some cases, an interested party may have reason to contest... Read More

Virginia Estate Planning: What is the difference between a “living will” and “last will and testament”? | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney

Virginia Estate Planning: What is the difference between a “living will” and “last will and testament”? | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney
Nothing lasts forever, and however good your health or stable your finances, it never hurts to prepare for the worst. This is especially true if your family or finances have changed recently. It is also a good idea to periodically review whether your old estate plan needs amendments. Many of the terms used for the various estate planning documents can be... Read More

Non-Disparagement Clause in a Contract | Ryan C. Young | Civil Litigation and Contract Attorney in Richmond, Virginia

Non-Disparagement Clause in a Contract | Ryan C. Young | Civil Litigation and Contract Attorney in Richmond, Virginia
If you’re a party to any kind of contract in the state of Virginia, you’ll want to learn about non-disparagement clauses. These can appear in all kinds of contracts, and you may see one if you’re an employee or if you and another person are partners for any reason. Additionally, you may see this kind of clause if you receive... Read More

120 Day “Rule” in Virginia Adult Guardianship Proceedings. | Ryan C. Young, Virginia Attorney

120 Day “Rule” in Virginia Adult Guardianship Proceedings. | Ryan C. Young, Virginia Attorney
By: Ryan C. Young, Virginia Attorney In 2013, the Virginia legislature made changes to the provisions of the Code of Virginia concerning the hearing on a petition for guardianship and/or conservatorship of an incapacitated adult. As part of the changes, Sec. 64.2-2007 was changed to state that a hearing on the petition must be held within 120 days of the... Read More

You Need an Estate Planning Attorney | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia

You Need an Estate Planning Attorney | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia
With the flood of inexpensive and even free, will planning aides available in this Internet age, the question often arises, “Why should I use an attorney when all I need is a simple will?” The answer is two-fold: there is no such thing as a “simple will” and the only time your will can really prove itself sound is after... Read More

What is legal guardianship of an adult in Virginia? | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Guardianship Attorney

What is legal guardianship of an adult in Virginia? | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Guardianship Attorney
Guardianship Attorney | Richmond, Virginia While most people focus on children when discussing legal guardianship, adults also should be part of the conversation. In Virginia, there are two types of Circuit Court appointments, both involving incapacitated adults. The Virginia Code specifies both “guardianship” and “conservatorship”. Legal guardianship of an adult in Virginia depends on the official definitions of the terms.... Read More

Financial Abuse of the Elderly | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney

Financial Abuse of the Elderly | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney
Financial abuse of the elderly occurs every day across Virginia. Here’s an unsettling fact: Chances are that you know someone who is or has been the victim of financial elder abuse. In Virginia, financial exploitation occurs whenever someone purposefully mishandles or misuses a senior citizen’s money, assets, or property. Recent statistics are hard to come by, but in 2009, Virginia... Read More

How do I begin the process of obtaining guardianship over an incapacitated adult in Virginia? | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney

How do I begin the process of obtaining guardianship over an incapacitated adult in Virginia? | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney
FIRST: Speak with a Virginia guardianship attorney to determine whether a guardianship petition is appropriate. I know you’re probably rolling your eyes right now since this article is written by attorney. However, a guardianship petition is not always appropriate in every instance. In fact, guardianship or conservatorship should be the last resort. One of the first questions that the court... Read More