A Tradition Of Experience And Devotion To Family Law

A Message From Our President About Timely, Respectful Legal Services For Older Adults

We are interested in helping you continue to care for your loved ones even in times of extra precautions: In recent years, interactions with elders have slowed down to allow for social distancing and to reduce the opportunity for transmission of COVID-19. Times of slowing down are also times when people can reflect and contemplate things that they always meant to do but never had the time to do. One of these things is to think about estate planning for yourself and for your family.

Preparation of estate planning is one of those things that can be done with minimal to no contact with other people directly. At Barnes & Diehl, we are equipped, able and prepared to handle your wills, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. We offer initial interviews in person, via videoconferences or by telephone. Once documents are drafted, they can be emailed to clients for approval Then, edits can be done in a telephone call to reduce any possible or potential exposure to the coronavirus.

If you are contemplating getting planning done during this time, then contact the law firm of Barnes & Diehl, to discuss preparing your estate documents for the benefit of you and your family.

Wills can be done and executed with minimal contact. In the event of future changes in your life, your estate, or other changes that may dictate a different disposition, codicils (amendments) can be added.

We are here to serve you in a safe, effective and professional way during these trying times.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need assistance. Our goal is to support the well-being of our clients as well as our staff. Please take care of yourselves.

Edward D. Barnes, President

An Index Of Some Of Our Most Popular Estate And Elder Law Services

As a firm with a tradition of experience and devotion to family law as a major practice area, the team at Barnes & Diehl has developed a comprehensive complement to our estate planning practice that is specifically related to the unique needs of the elderly. We will guide you in the creation or updating of any of the following:

  • Living wills permit individuals to instruct their physicians concerning their end-of-life decisions. Our Virginia living will lawyers help clients in informing others of the type of care they do or do not wish to receive.
  • Advance medical directives provide for appointed individuals to make medical decisions when persons are incapable of making their own informed decisions about their medical care.
  • A living trust allows you to maintain control over your assets during your lifetime and pass assets directly to a beneficiary upon your death while avoiding probate and the involvement of the courts. Our elder law attorneys can assist in creating a living trust that is tailored to achieve your needs and goals.
  • A power of attorney (POA) identifies a person who will make financial decisions for you should you become incapacitated.
  • Benefits planning for all stages of the golden years includes planning applicable to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Disability, retirement funds, pensions, 401(k) plans and IRAs.
  • Estate planning includes tailored wills, trusts and other legal instruments. We also handle comprehensive estate planning and family law solutisons for same-sex couples of all ages.
  • Insurance counseling at our firm includes assistance in choosing health insurance, long-term care and life insurance policies as well as resolving issues when it is time to make a claim.

Our elder law practice is centered on a personal approach. We can help you design and implement efficient, cost-effective plans to protect assets and reinforce your wishes. An elder law attorney from one of our two offices in the Richmond area, located in Chesterfield and Henrico, will work closely with you to identify your needs and goals, give a comprehensive analysis of assets and provide options for protection and distribution.

An Invitation To Seek Our Assistance With Living Wills, Benefit Planning And Other Estate Or Elder Law Needs

Contact the Richmond/Chesterfield or Henrico law offices of Barnes & Diehl, P.C., today to speak with an experienced Virginia elder law lawyer.

Get answers to your questions in language you can understand. Our lawyers will offer you as an individual, couple or family group the advice you are looking for on the best methods to protect your assets and your family during your golden years. Send an email inquiry or call 800-626-9310​ to schedule a consultation.