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Estate Planning Attorneys

Serving all of Northern VA, DC and MD

Estate planning is much more than taking steps to minimize estate and inheritance taxes. While reducing the impact of taxation can be an important component for high-net-worth individuals, estate planning is about creating and protecting your legacy. Developing an effective plan involves defining how best to control your property while you are alive as well as planning for what will happen if you become incapacitated. Your estate plan should also consider what assets you have and to whom you wish to leave those assets once you pass away. A strong estate plan will allow you to decide how and when your assets will be distributed.

Do not wait to start building your estate plan. Contact us online or call (571) 410-3500 to request an initial consultation.


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Why You Should Consider Appointing a Legal Professional

Estate planning is not reserved for the elderly or wealthy. A well-designed estate plan will work to protect you and your loved ones throughout your lifetime, and every adult should have one. Our team offers basic and advanced estate planning services. The extent of planning required for your situation will depend on your specific financial circumstances. 

Every estate plan should answer these questions:

  • What will happen to my minor children if I were to suddenly pass away or become incapacitated?
  • What will happen to my assets once I pass away? Who will receive them, and when?
  • If I become incapacitated, who will be responsible for making decisions about my medical care? Who will handle my financial affairs while I am unable to communicate?
  • Who will be responsible for overseeing my estate and ensuring my final wishes are honored?
  • How will I be remembered? What will my legacy be?

Basic estate planning will include validating a will, creating one or more trusts, appointing powers of attorney, and establishing advanced medical directives. In other words, it will outline a roadmap for your heirs and beneficiaries for what should happen once you pass away or become incapacitated.

Advanced estate planning may be necessary if you have considerable lucrative assets and are considered a high-net-worth individual. These tools can help you minimize the impact of estate and inheritance taxes, achieve asset protection, and avoid unnecessary conflict among heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors. Our Reston estate planning attorneys can evaluate your situation and provide you with the guidance you need.

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  • 3,700+ Trusts Created
  • 160+ M&A Transactions Handled
  • 7,000+ Clients Served
  • 850+ Businesses Started

    As a new business owner, you will need to consider what legal form your business will take, how it will be taxed, how to raise financing, how your executives will be compensated, and how to handle transactions of all sizes. Our overview of starting a business can help you get started.

    Our Reston business planning attorneys can assist you with:

    • Business Entity Formation. Your choice of business entity will impact how your company will be taxed and organized. It will also influence your level of personal liability and the financial reporting requirements you will be subject to. Our team can assess your short- and long-term goals and identify the entity that is most conducive to achieving them. We can help you go through the formal steps of creating and registering an S corporation, C corporation, limited liability company, professional limited liability company, partnership, limited partnership, non-profit organization, or joint venture.
    • Transaction Assistance and TechnologyLegal agreements define your business’s relationship with other entities, including suppliers, vendors, clients, employees, and contractors. You must carefully review all contracts to ensure they meet your objectives and protect your interests. Our firm can assist you with all types of transactional agreements, including non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, client agreements, marketing agreements, software license agreements, purchase order terms and conditions, employee handbooks, customer contracts, co-branding agreements, commercial leases, and more.
    • Executive Compensation. We regularly work with corporate executives at both publicly traded and privately held companies to negotiate executive employment agreements and severance agreements. Our team has experience structuring restricted stock grants, stock option plans, equity incentive plans, and various long-term incentive compensation mechanisms. Our firm can provide seasoned guidance in compliance matters involving Code Section 409A, ERISA, and other relevant federal and state laws.
    • Venture Capital and Private Equity. Our firm has a strong track record of assisting private equity and venture capital firms throughout each stage of their investment cycles. We can help you navigate complex venture capital financings and are deeply familiar with how venture capitalists evaluate opportunities and make decisions. Our team can also provide ongoing portfolio company advice and representation.
    • Mergers and Acquisitions. Our team at Zell Law has facilitated hundreds of successful mergers, purchases, and sales of companies and business assets. If you are exploring a complex transaction, we can help you structure the deal, negotiate all necessary agreements, conduct due diligence investigations, and work to ensure the transaction is in your company’s best interest.
    • Charitable Planning. Strategic charitable giving and other philanthropic efforts are essential components of estate planning, tax planning, and business planning. We can help you create your own non-profit organization or private foundation and advise how to advantageously incorporate your giving strategies into your broader planning.
    • Non-Profit Organizations. Our firm provides comprehensive guidance to non-profits throughout each stage of their lifecycle. We can help new non-profits obtain tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and assist with compliance issues and day-to-day transactional matters. Our founding attorney, Wayne Zell, previously led the Non-Profit Practice Group in the Washington National Tax Office of Price Waterhouse. In this role, Mr. Zell counseled some of the world’s most preeminent non-profit organizations on a variety of tax matters. We have since helped form more than 75 public charities and private foundations.
    • Professional Referrals. We aim to be a one-stop-shop for business owners and entrepreneurs. To that end, our firm can recommend experienced and capable certified public accountants (CPAs), investment bankers, business coaches, financial advisors, valuation professionals, and insurance professionals, each of whom can assist your company with all of its needs.

    Ashburn Estate Administration Attorney

    Helping Clients with Probate & Estate Administration in Northern VA, DC, MD and Nationwide

    At Zell Law, we have over 50 years of combined experience helping families and individuals with estate administration and probate in Ashburn, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and other surrounding areas of Northern Virginia. Our attorneys and estate administration experts are dedicated to helping you get through this difficult time by providing compassionate, personalized legal advice and support.

    Contact our office to speak with an experienced estate administration attorney in Ashburn today.

    What Is Estate Administration?

    Estate administration is the process of managing and distributing the assets of a deceased person. This process is governed by the laws of the state of Virginia and the laws of the United States. The executor of the estate is responsible for managing the estate and executing the will of the deceased person. The executor is appointed by the court and must follow the procedures set forth by the state of Virginia.

    Estate administration can be complex, especially if the deceased person had a large estate or had a will that was not well-drafted. An experienced estate administration attorney can help you navigate this process and make sure that your loved one's wishes are carried out.

    Our Ashburn Estate Administration Services

    We provide the following estate administration services:

    • Estate Tax Planning
    • Estate Tax Preparation
    • Estate Asset Management
    • Estate Distribution
    • Estate Litigation

    Why Choose Zell Law for Your Estate Administration Needs?

    At Zell Law, we are committed to providing you with excellent service and personalized attention. We know that dealing with estate administration can be an overwhelming experience, and we're here to help you get through it. Our experienced attorneys will walk you through each step of the process, answer all of your questions, and provide you with personalized attention and support.

    Here are some of the reasons why you should choose Zell Law for your estate administration needs:

    • Over 50 years of combined experience— Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience in estate administration, and we're dedicated to helping you get through this difficult time.
    • Personalized service— We understand that estate administration can be an overwhelming experience. We are dedicated to providing you with personalized attention and support.
    • Experienced estate administration attorneys— Our estate administration attorneys have decades of experience in estate administration, and we're dedicated to helping you get through this difficult time.
    • We're available when you need us— We understand that estate administration can be an overwhelming experience. We are dedicated to providing you with personalized attention and support.
    • We offer flexible appointment times— We understand that estate administration can be an overwhelming experience. We are dedicated to providing you with personalized attention and support.

    Contact Us for a Free Consultation

    If you have been named the executor of an estate, it is important that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. At Zell Law, we provide experienced, compassionate estate administration services for clients in Ashburn, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, and other surrounding areas of Northern Virginia. To set up a free consultation with an experienced estate administration attorney, contact our office today.

    We represent and counsel clients throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, the D.C. metropolitan area, and nationwide. Call (571) 410-3500 or contact us online to explore your legal options with our team.