Wills, Trusts and Estates

Wills, Trusts and Estates

Experienced Virginia trusts and estate attorneys help you plan for the future.

Opinions about wills and trusts are often varied and conflicting. At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, our attorneys believe there is no hard and fast answer for everyone. While a will may be more beneficial to one person and a trust may be more suitable to another. Your individual goals and concerns play a primary role in this decision making process.


The attorneys at Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC possess in-depth knowledge about aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate taxes
  • Executorship duties
  • Guardianship
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Probate
  • Probate and will disputes
  • Wills drafting and execution


Our experienced attorneys can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts if they would be beneficial to your estate.


Our lawyers have more than 40 years of experience helping a vast array of individuals as they navigate the complexities of writing wills and trusts. We take a collaborative, team approach as we develop a strategy that will support your best interests. We give our clients direct access to an attorney who is focused on their specific needs and concerns.

By explaining the differences and benefits of wills versus trusts, we are able to lead our clients to an efficient, cost-effective solution. We are committed to giving you the information you need to make educated decisions about your situation. We will offer you the support and fact-based advise you need to feel comfortable and protected.


Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about Virginia probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:  

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the Virginia probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professional experts when necessary


When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. Our Virginia attorneys have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. Skillful mediators and litigators, our attorney can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or fastidiously pursue your rights in court when necessary.

Wealth Preservation

Attorneys in our wealth preservation practice provide sophisticated legal and tax advise to wealthy individuals and families, owners of closely held businesses, institutional fiduciaries, charitable organizations and other professionals and family offices that serve such individuals and families.  Even though a substantial portion of this practice involves the creation of planning arrangements that minimize or in some cases, eliminate estate, gift, skipping transfers, and other tax consequences, the wealth preservation practice is clearly focused on our clients’ needs and strategies that address family and financial matters as well as tax consequences.  

Our Trusts and Estates practice focus on personal services directed to individuals, businesses, including personal and closely held business planning, estate and trust administration and issues arising from the repeal and reinstatement of estate tax.  We assist with and emphasize wealth enhancement and transfer for individuals and business succession planning for closely held businesses.  Our approach includes a thorough review of your clients lifetime and testamentary planning needs, We also regularly provide the full range of legal administrative services to individual and corporate fiduciaries.

Asset Protection

The attorneys of Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC have many years of real life experience and thousands of clients that have been provided asset protection by our firm. We are the fiercest advocates of our clients and protect hard earned assets. We are capable of establishing various structures to protect residents, rental real estate investments and retirement plans. We specialize in complex sophisticated planning and probatively use innovative asset protection plans to establish common sense family oriented business and estate plans. We will help you solve your toughest problems. We are familiar and can assist you in establishing personal residence trusts, limited liability companies and limited partnerships, equity strips, foreign entities, foreign trust and off shore banking relationships.

Fairfax Estate Litigation Attorneys

Estate litigation is a complex, emotionally charged area of law. After a loved one passes, most families prefer to mourn in peace rather than litigate in court. However, if your loved one’s wishes are not being respected or any other dispute is taking place, legal action may be necessary


At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience helping a wide variety of individuals who are facing estate litigation. We understand how stressful and challenging this time can be for our clients, so we take the time to carefully examine their issues and prepare a plan of action that efficiently and thoroughly addresses their concerns

We work with individuals who are facing disputes as they relate to:

  • Missing wills
  • Undue influence
  • Beneficiary designations

Regardless of their disputes, we are committed to serving as a voice for our clients. Our firm is founded on diversity, professionalism and integrity. We collaborate on each case, and we proactively pursue the outcome you desire. You will have direct access to your estate litigation lawyer who will give you the information you need to make educated, cost-effective decisions about your case.

DC Metro Estate Planning Attorneys

Planning for your future is an essential and important part of life. By preparing an estate plan, you are proactively protecting yourself, your assets and your loved ones. An experienced, detailed attorney can help you navigate this complex, often frustrating process.


At Mahdavi, Bacon, Halfhill & Young, PLLC, we have more than 40 years of experience helping a wide variety of individuals as they plan their futures. Should disputes arise, we are also highly skilled in handling estate litigation issues. We are also available to help with the following:

  • Wills and trusts, including simple and complex wills, revisions to wills, living wills and living trusts
  • Bahá’í Faith wills
  • Minimizing estate taxes
  • Avoiding probate
  • Probate
  • Advance medical directives
  • Power of attorney

Estate planning and litigation are never one-size-fits-all processes. Each case is as unique as the individuals involved. This is a technically complex and emotionally intense process. Our attorneys put our clients first. We will carefully examine your situation as we listen closely to your concerns and goals for the future. We are determined to develop an estate plan that serves your best interests while protecting your property and your loved ones.

In cases where litigation is necessary, we are committed to understanding what went wrong and how. We are trial attorneys who take a team approach when helping our clients obtain the best outcome possible in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Losing a loved one is an extremely difficult life experience and we want our clients to focus on what is most important during this time.


In an effort to support the best interests of our clients, we offer competitive fees. Call 703-352-1300 or contact our firm to learn more about how our DC Metro estate planning lawyers will personally tailor our services to your needs.