Scott James Golightly’s Guides

Scott James Golightly

Richmond Wills and Living Wills Lawyer.

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  1. Virginia's Uniform Power of Attorney Act

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, about 2 years ago.

    Due to medical advances, people are living longer than ever. In fact, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population are folks over the age of 65. With increased age often comes the increased likelihood that someone will suffer some sort of disability or incapacity. It is imp...

  2. Top 7 Reasons You Need a Will

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, over 2 years ago.

    More than 60% of people in the U.S. die without a will (2008 survey by FindLaw.com). That's a scary statistic. Here are my top seven reasons you should have a will. A will allows you to: 1. Pick the person(s) who will raise your children. You can select the guardian(s) of your mi...

  3. Qualified Sick Pay Plans for Businesses -- An Overview and Call to Action

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, over 3 years ago.

    Consider this: A key employee or your business partner has just had a heart attack. His doctor says that he will be out of work for six months. In the meantime, his family is counting on his salary to pay the bills. What are you going to do? Are you going to make payments to him ...

  4. Can You Disinherit a Spouse in Your Will?

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, over 3 years ago.

    There may be situations when a person wants to disinherit a spouse.In Virginia, however, this may not be as simple as just cutting the spouse out of the will.To protect a surviving spouse, Virginia law allows him or her to claim an elective share in the deceased spouse's "aug...

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  5. New Estate and Gift Tax Rules -- Some Much Needed Clarity (For Now)

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, over 3 years ago.

    What are the federal estate tax rules through 2012? For those who die before 2013, there is a $5,000,000 exemption amount. Married couples can combine their exemptions (called portability) and protect $10,000,000 from estate tax. For taxable estates, the rate is only 35%. (It w...

  6. You Have Finally Executed Your Will! Now What?

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, over 3 years ago.

    Congratulations! You have completed the important task of preparing and executing a last will and testament. This guide attempts to answer several of the frequently asked questions clients have after the will has been signed. Where should I keep my will? Where you keep your...

  7. Will Plan vs. Living Trust Plan: Which One is Better for Me and My Family?

    Written by attorney Scott Golightly, over 3 years ago.

    What is a Last Will and Testament? A Will provides for passing property to one’s chosen beneficiaries and names a guardian for any minor children. It is executed with formalities according to state

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