About Suzan

Suzan Herskowitz was raised in The Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University School of Law. Ms. Herskowitz has been focusing in wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives, business formation and elder law for more than 25 years and is licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Texas. I was a resident of Frederick County, Virginia from 2000 until February 2013 when I moved to the Historic District of the City of Winchester, Virginia.

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The Law Office of
Suzan D. Herskowitz, P.L .L .C.

2400 Valley Avenue, Suite 16
Winchester, VA 22601

Email: suzan@suzanherskowitz.com

Tel: (540)450-3223
Fax: (540)450-2135

Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives, business formation and elder law.

Licensed to practice in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Texas.

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From the Blog

  • Decluttering: Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Home

    Decluttering: Cleaning Out Your Parent’s Home

    Yes, I am an estate planning lawyer, but with this post I can absolutely tell you from my personal experience and the very bottom of my heart, if you love your children, please do not leave them with 20, 30, 40, 50+ years of “stuff” you have accumulated. Last week, I traveled to Texas to […]

  • So Your Mom Has Moved In With You Part 2

    So Your Mom Has Moved In With You Part 2

    After mom or dad moves in with you, you have to consider many things. One thing I talk a lot about (okay, maybe I even harp on it) is making sure that you have a power of attorney for finances and another one for medical care. Let’s be honest about this first, you will have to […]

  • Suzan on The Radio!

    Suzan on The Radio!

      If you missed me on The Valley Business Today at lunchtime today, you’re in luck! Here’s a link to the podcast. I really enjoyed being on the air with Norma Jean Shaw to discuss National Healthcare Decisions Day and elder law abuse.  Podcast Link on The River 95.3 And for those that couldn’t write […]

  • National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16th

    National Healthcare Decisions Day April 16th

    National Healthcare Decisions Day is this Saturday, April 16th and the theme for this year is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.” How well I know that. Families do not plan in advance for the worst case scenario. I wish I didn’t have to tromp through the halls of hospitals and nursing […]

  • So Your Mom Has Moved In With You??

    So Your Mom Has Moved In With You??

    Having a parent move in with you is a life-altering experience, and unless your parent is unaware of her surroundings, that experience is had by both of you! In most instances, your mom (or dad) really doesn’t want to move in with you. She may resent having to move in. She may be embarrassed that she […]

  • Baby Boomers Deal with End-of-Life Their Own Way

    Baby Boomers Deal with End-of-Life Their Own Way

    Yesterday I read this article in The Guardian about David Bowie and found it really interesting and frankly, profound. I never thought of End-of-Life issues in quite this way before. I’ve dealt with end of life peripherally when my grandparents died and when my step-parents were ill and died, mostly because my parents dealt with […]

  • Projected Transfer Tax Amounts for 2016

    Projected Transfer Tax Amounts for 2016

    Thompson Reuters Checkpoint has projected what it believes the transfer tax amounts will be for 2016 based on the average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the 12-month period ending on August 31, 2015.  Thompson Reuters Projected Transfer Tax Amounts These figures are not official and the Internal Revenue Service will not release the actual figures until […]

  • Nursing Home CAN Sue Son for Breach of Contract for Nonpayment

    Nursing Home CAN Sue Son for Breach of Contract for Nonpayment

    A court in New York has held that a nursing home may sue a son for breach of contract for non-payment of his mother’s bill. The son signed the agreement as the responsible party. According to the court this made him personally liable for the bill although he doesn’t have to use his own money […]

  • How To Have “The Talk” With Your Parents: Illness and Moving and Other Uncomfortable Topics

    How To Have “The Talk” With Your Parents: Illness and Moving and Other Uncomfortable Topics

    I’ve been struggling with writing a blog post about death and dying recently. I know that seems strange since I am an estate and elder lawyer but lately this very subject has hit close to home. Now that my dad has cancer it has hit much too close to home.  (He knows I was going […]

  • Possible Changes to Medicaid Law and Annuities Income

    Possible Changes to Medicaid Law and Annuities Income

    This would be a game changer. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to amend the section of the Medicaid law dealing with the treatment of income. It would provide that if the annuity pays income solely to the community spouse (the spouse that is at home), one-half of the income will be considered available […]

Wills, Trusts & Probates

You do not have to be rich or old to have an estate. When people here the term “estate” they think of wealth and large homes with staff like Lord Grantham and his family in Downton Abbey. However, “estate” is a legal term used to describe what you own.
 
Estate planning then is the means by which you evaluate your wealth and determine how to preserve it for yourself as you grow older and then for your family after you have died. It is for individuals of any age and of any income level.

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Elder Law

People are living longer. 10,000 people turn 65 every day in this country. That means that 3.65 MILLION Americans turn 65 each year. This number is forecast to continue on an annual basis through 2029. The fastest growing segment of the population today consists of people who are 85 years of age and older. AARP has completed several studies on the aging population. One study found that approximately one in every eight, or 12.4 percent of the population is an older American, and that people reaching the age of 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.5 years.

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Business Planning

Meet with me about your business’ legal needs. Suzan D. Herskowitz works with owners and prospective owners of small and medium sized businesses. From concept and marketing plan through start-up, I will handle the drafting of important business documents such as bylaws, operating agreements and employment agreements.

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