Over the past 98 years, the Oast family has built a unique legal practice of quality... more
Over the past 98 years, the Oast family has built a unique legal practice of quality and distinction. All of the employees currently at Oast Taylor were formerly employed at Oast Hook, and before that, the Oasts share a longstanding history of practicing law. The family began practicing law in 1915 in Portsmouth, Virginia. J. Alden, Edward L. and William H. Oast founded the Oast, Oast ... view profile
Coming to the Oast Taylor team with valued legal experience, Ms. Smith adds... more
Coming to the Oast Taylor team with valued legal experience, Ms. Smith adds significant skill and talent to our practice. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she offers clients exceptional legal assistance in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Asset Protection Planning, Special Needs Planning, Long-term C... view profile
Stephen Taylor earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of... more
Stephen Taylor earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he served as Allen Chair Editor of the University of Richmond Law Review. He was a member of the John Marshall Inn of Court and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. Stephens primary practice areas include Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Esta... view profile
Brad Brickhouse adds significant talent to the Oast Taylor team and shows his... more
Brad Brickhouse adds significant talent to the Oast Taylor team and shows his commitment to our community by serving every client with a clear focus of their personal goals in mind. His primary areas of practice include Elder Law, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Financial Abuse, Estate and Trust Disputes, and Will Contests.
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.