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

Grounds for Contesting a Will in Virginia | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney

Grounds for Contesting a Will in Virginia | Ryan C. Young | Richmond, Virginia Attorney
Before asking your attorney to contest a will in Virginia, you should learn the basics of the legal grounds to contest a will, as sometimes laws vary from state-to-state. Not everyone can contest a will in Virginia, as only those who qualify can have grounds to contest. Read More

Contested Guardianship in Virginia: When family members fight over control of an incapacitated adult | Ryan C. Young, Attorney | Richmond, Virginia

Contested Guardianship in Virginia: When family members fight over control of an incapacitated adult | Ryan C.  Young, Attorney | Richmond, Virginia
Contested Guardianship or Conservatorship Petition In my opinion, the family fights over control and access to a mentally incapacitated adult can be just as vicious an emotionally taxing for litigants as a divorce case. Often times, these cases begin when siblings disagree over how one person is handling mom or dad’s assets or care. Although it isn’t always the main... Read More

Professional Office Lease Considerations | Ryan C. Young, Attorney | Richmond, Virginia | Commercial Lease Law

Professional Office Lease Considerations | Ryan C. Young, Attorney | Richmond, Virginia | Commercial Lease Law
When you’re leasing a professional office, you might want to consider a retail location. Many doctors, lawyers, dentists, and other professionals are moving into these types of settings, to make it more convenient for the people who seek out their services. When you do that, though, you’ll want to be careful of the commercial lease you’re signing. These types of... Read More

Considering Social Media in your Estate Plan | Ryan C. Young, Attorney | Richmond, Virginia Estate Planning & Administration

Considering Social Media in your Estate Plan | Ryan C. Young, Attorney | Richmond, Virginia Estate Planning & Administration
Social media and online activity is continually integrating into our lives. So much so that the federal government is recommending that people address their social media and other online accounts in a separate will. A lot of people have an online social media account. Some may have numerous accounts of various kinds. So what happens to these online accounts when... Read More