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Mountain Empire Legal Services • Serving Clients throughout Southwest Virginia


Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets.

Follow the links below to learn more about the services provided at Mountain Empire Legal Services:

Elder Law

Elder law is another aspect of estate planning, focusing primarily on the needs of families and individuals as they age. Issues of aging include senior housing and home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, guardianships and health care documents, Medicare and Medicaid.
Learn more about planning for Long-Term Care.

Fundamental Estate Planning

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.
Learn more about the Estate Planning process.

Small Business Planning

From the organization of the business to ongoing corporate advice and representation, Mountain Empire Legal can assist you to ensure your interest in your business in protected. We routinely help clients negotiate and secure leases, purchases and sales, financing, and provide general corporate legal services.
Learn more about Small Business Planning.

Nursing Home Crisis Planning

Though it is best to plan for the possibility of needing long term care in advance, many opportunities still exist when the need for nursing home care arises. The answers to the questions above are governed by a complex set of rules and the answers will vary based on the individual family and financial circumstances. Planning for a nursing home stay as soon as the need arises is critical to protecting the most assets possible. If a nursing home stay is necessary, consult a qualified attorney as soon as possible.
Learn more about Nursing Home Crisis Planning.

Medicaid Crisis Planning

Finding and affording quality care on short notice can be stressful and draining. We can help you determine the best options for care and how to qualify for Medicaid to help finance them.
Learn more about Medicaid Crisis Planning.

Probate, Estate & Trust Administration

Probate and estate administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. Assets to be transferred under terms of a will go through probate. Assets transferred outside of a will, such as by operation of law, or those planned for in a trust are handled through an Administration process. Administration also refers to the process whereby assets are transferred by rules of the state when there is no will. We can help make the process easier, more efficient, and provide peace of mind during a difficult time.
Learn more about Probate, Estate & Trust Administration.

Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. Parents of children with special needs must make careful estate planning choices to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special care needs of their children – both now and in the future.
Learn more about Virginia Special Needs.

Planning For Veteran's Administration Benefits

“Aid and Attendance Pension” is a special Veteran’s Program designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses receive the financial support necessary to ensure their continuing care in their own home or in an assisted living or nursing home setting. Benefits may also be available for house-bound individuals that require daily assistance to maintain their health, dignity and safety.
Learn more about Veteran’s Aid and Attendance.

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