Wills, Trusts & Estate Work
Wooton, Davis, Hussell & Johnson, PLLC is the leading trust and estate firm in West Virginia. Each of WDHJ’s attorneys adds his or her own unique resources, creativity, and skills to a firm that prides itself on strong, reliable, and productive representation of clients in the preparation of estate planning documents and in the successful resolution of the probate and trust disputes which they face.
There are very few types of probate and trust disputes that our firm does not encounter regularly. We have litigated countless will contests and trust contests, claims of fiduciary mismanagement and breach of trust and fiduciary duty, questions of intestate succession, probate and trust accountings, guardianship proceedings, and the many other issues which can arise upon a person’s death and the distribution of his or her assets.
We represent individuals, corporations, and other business organizations, including non-profits. Because we both prosecute and defend claims and represent both beneficiaries and fiduciaries, our attorneys regularly view disputes from a variety of perspectives, which works to the benefit of our clients. The collective experience of the attorneys in WDHJ allows us to provide cost-effective representation to our clients yet remain sensitive to the many factors that make each person’s case unique.
Beyond the representation of individual and corporate clients, our attorneys are frequently involved in advancing issues of probate and trust law. We have actively served in the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the Probate Committee of the West Virginia State Bar, the Charleston Estate Planning Council, and the Real Property, Probate, & Trust Section of the American Bar Association. We regularly make presentations to attorneys, trustees, and accountants locally, state-wide, and throughout the country. We have published extensively, including the “Wills” chapter of the West Virginia Practice Handbook. We have also been regularly recognized by our peers as “Super Lawyers” and the “Best Lawyers” in West Virginia.
We at WDHJ are proud to belong to a firm which provides our clients with both the resources of a large law firm and the personal attention of a small one.
The lawyers at our firm work with beneficiaries, heirs, trustees and other individuals or businesses that may have a fiduciary duty to the estate when handling matters such as:
Breach of contract
Real property sales and purchases
Writing a will is difficult. This isn’t necessarily because the process is complicated, but people put off or completely avoid the big question: What will happen in the event of my death? It’s challenging to consider all the variables involved in the probate process. That’s where having a trusted advisor comes in handy. Our attorneys help clients plan for the inevitable and navigate the details. From establishing a power of attorney to setting up beneficiaries, living trusts and legal guardianships, we can help take the overwhelm out of the estate planning process.
Having a last will and testament in place will reduce the strife your loved ones face during an already difficult time. Probate administration is seamless when your wishes are known and all financial decisions are in writing. Sure, this can be accomplished without the help of an attorney, but ensuring nothing is left to chance is why so many people choose Wooton, Davis, Hussell and Johnson to navigate end-of-life decisions.
Utilizing all of the estate planning tools at our disposal, our lawyers can put together a tailored estate plan for you and your loved ones. Wills, living wills, advance health care directives, trusts, living trusts and powers of attorney are just some of the types of tools that may be beneficial in organizing your estate.
Whether you need assistance with guardianships, conservatorships, planning for long-term care, Medicaid planning, nursing home funding or a range of other elder law issues, our firm can step in and help you understand your options.