Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Death is the only certain thing in life and yet, it is the most uncertain thing in life.  We never know when our time will come, but we want to be prepared for the sake of our family and loved ones.  It’s never too early to start planning for your estate upon your passing. Did you know? If you don’t outline your wishes ahead of time, your estate could be passed onto relatives that you don’t wish to benefit from your passing. The probate process takes considerably more time if no will is in place and your heirs will have to post surety in order to deal with it. You can always adjust your will according to new life circumstances. You cannot sign a will if you are not mentally competent. If an unexpected accident or disease impairs your reasoning, it may be too late. The Steidle Law Firm makes creating a Last Will and Testament as easy as 1-2-3! Fill out the Will Worksheet online by using the hyperlink below. Decide whether you would like to add a Power of Attorney or Medical Health Directive as well! Once your Worksheet is complete, the Steidle Law Firm will contact you to: Take payment over the phone (see pricing list below) Clarify all wishes specified in the worksheet Schedule a date to execute your will Review and sign the documents You will meet briefly with an attorney in order to judge competency and ensure your wishes are carried out. Pricing:  Get started today by following THIS...
Divorce 101

Divorce 101

We know divorce is a very sensitive subject and sometimes very emotional situation. Our attorneys have represented clients on divorce issues and can lend integrity and respect to your case. Within Virginia, the Circuit Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts have jurisdiction to hear divorce cases. Generally, the Circuit Court with jurisdiction for your case is the Circuit Court in the county where you live or the Circuit Court in the county where your spouse lives. When you file the relevant papers, you must have stated your grounds for that court to have jurisdiction. If not stated correctly, your spouse could file a motion to dismiss your case. Protect yourself and your case! Contact the Steidle Law Firm today!   There are two types of divorces: Contested and Uncontested. Uncontested divorce – Simple divorces with little to no disagreements over property, custody, or the divorce in general. Getting your spouse to sign a separation agreement and/or divorce decree is easy and there is not much push-back.   Contested divorce – When the parties cannot come to an agreement on anything ranging from property distribution, child custody, etc. These divorce cases are likely to go to court. Grounds for a contested divorce: Adultery, sodomy, or buggery committed outside the marriage Conviction of a felony with sentence of confinement for more than one year Cruelty and reasonable apprehension of bodily harm for one continuous year Abandonment and desertion for one continuous year Did you know?? In an uncontested divorce, if you and your spouse have minor children (under the age of 18 years old), you have to wait one...
What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

If you’re in the middle of a court case that involves a minor child, it is possible that the Courts appoint or suggest that you hire a Guardian Ad Litem. You may have been appointed a Guardian Ad Litem for your minor child and wonder: What is a Guardian Ad Litem? Let’s break it down for you with exactly what the Virginia Judicial System says:   “Guardian ad litem (GAL) literally means ‘guardian for the suit.’ A guardian ad litem in Virginia is an attorney appointed by a judge to assist the court in determining the circumstances of a matter before the court. It is the fundamental responsibility of the guardian ad litem to provide independent recommendations to the court about the client’s best interests, which can be different from advocating for what the client wants, and to bring balance to the decision-making process. The GAL may conduct interviews and investigations, make reports to the court, and participate in court hearings or mediation sessions.” (Virginia Judicial System)   Who is a Guardian ad litem? There is a process that lawyers must go through to become qualified as a Guardian Ad Litem. This includes shadowing other GALs and regular trainings. You can trust these attorneys are acting in the best interest of their minor client. David W. Steidle and Brittany C. Furr are both Guardians Ad Litem and are ready to help with your case! Contact the Steidle Law Firm today to learn more about representation for your minor child! What do GAL’s do? (Specifically when representing children) Talk to the child about their case in terms they understand. The...
Child Custody

Child Custody

HOW DO THE COURTS DETERMINE CHILD CUSTODY? There is no other legal issue more important and emotionally draining than the issue of child custody.  The Courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia are charged with giving “primary consideration” to the best interest of the child without any presumption of favor for either party.  However there are ALWAYS individual situations that warrant a closer look and an advocate who will work for you in your family’s best interest.  Contact the Steidle Law Firm today! Custody or visitation arrangements are determined based on 10 items (Pursuant to Virginia Code Section 20-124.3): 1. The age and physical and mental condition of the child, giving due consideration to the child’s changing developmental needs; 2. The age and physical and mental condition of each parent; 3. The relationship existing between each parent and each child, giving due consideration to the positive involvement with the child’s life, the ability to accurately assess and meet the emotional, intellectual and physical needs of the child; 4. The needs of the child, giving due consideration to other important relationships of the child, including but not limited to siblings, peers and extended family members; 5. The role that each parent has played and will play in the future, in the upbringing and care of the child; 6. The propensity of each parent to actively support the child’s contact and relationship with the other parent, including whether a parent has unreasonably denied the other parent access to or visitation with the child; 7. The relative willingness and demonstrated ability of each parent to maintain a close and continuing relationship with the child, and the ability of each parent...
Alimony

Alimony

ALIMONY If you are facing a divorce, it is becoming more common for a spouse to “support” another based on a few factors. Do you make substantially more than your partner? How long was your marriage? What are the terms of your separation? As with any legal issue, many factors will substantiate a judge’s orders. Contact the Steidle Law Firm today for your free consultation. As with most issues in your divorce, you and your spouse can agree to the amount and length of time alimony will be paid. But if you can’t agree, a court will set the terms for you. If you expect to pay alimony The fact you have to pay alimony to your ex-spouse doesn’t amount to a finding that you are a bad person. Consider it part of the cost of entering a marriage that you probably thought would last until death parted you, but — for reasons you didn’t anticipate — didn’t. If you expect to receive alimony The question of whether you qualify for alimony is usually resolved by looking at your capacity to earn — which is not necessarily what you are earning at the time you go to court — how much your spouse earns, and your standard of living during the marriage. If your spouse refuses to pay Finally, if you secure an alimony order but your spouse refuses to make the required payments, take immediate legal action to enforce the order. Orders to pay monthly alimony have the same force as any other court order and, if handled properly, can be enforced with the very real possibility of...
Adoption

Adoption

ADOPTION Each year, many Virginians add to their families by virtue of adoption. The process is relatively simple and the Virginia Department of Social Services dictates the process. Whether you are considering Agency Placements or a Non-agency Adoption, we can guide you through the process as seamlessly as possible. Outlined below are some types of representation our attorneys can provide during the adoption process. If you are considering adoption, contact the Steidle Law Firm today! Who May Adopt In Virginia Many different kinds of people adopt children every day. There is not an income requirement or restrictions on the type of home you live in. You must be at least 21 years old, have adequate space in your home for a child and be able to financially provide for a child. Both married and single parents are needed for children.   Virginia Adoption Home Study Everyone who wants to adopt in Virginia must undergo a home study, regardless of the type of adoption they are pursuing. A home study is an extensive interview and background check of all members of the household. The welfare and safety of a child is involved which means that the questions are quite personal. Everyone over the age of 18 must undergo fingerprinting and a criminal background check. There are also questions about employment history, your marriage or divorce (if applicable), your child hood, parenting skills and many other aspects of your life.   Virginia Older Child Or Special Needs Adoption There are many children in Virginia who are waiting for an adoptive family. They are children of all ages, races and needs. These...