A discussion of estate planning topics affecting Virginia residents and U.S. citizens

John Dedon Recognized by Prominent Local Publications as Top Attorney

Last month, John Dedon received two important and continuing recognitions as a Top Attorney in the financial planning and estate planning areas of law.

Northern Virginia Magazine named John a Top Lawyer in the financial area of law. Top Lawyers by Northern Virginia Magazine is an annual peer-reviewed list based on surveys of other lawyers' r... READ >>

Best Lawyers 2020

We are pleased to announce the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© has named Sunny Cameron, Tim McEvoy and John Dedon as Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers has published their list for over three decades, earning the respect of the profession, the media, and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then h... READ >>

Mr. Crummey: A Legend in Gift and Estate Tax

I have previously written about the $15,000 annual exclusion, and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (“ILIT’S”). ILIT’S are created primarily to own life insurance and remove the death benefit from the insured’s taxable estate. To achieve the desired estate tax benefit, premiums must be paid by the Trustee on behalf of the ILIT as the policy owner. For example, assuming Dad is the owner... READ >>