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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    Bill Gates Is Spending $50 Mil for Alzheimer’s Research

    Bill Gates is investing $50 million of his personal funds for research into Alzheimer’s treatments. Many news sources have been posting articles about this recently. I saw something about it on the news yesterday also. I wanted to give you the link to Gate’s personal blog in which he explains why he is going to […]

  • I Was a Guest Blogger for Clutter Troops!

    I Was a Guest Blogger for Clutter Troops!

    I am honored to have been asked to be a guest blogger for Clutter Troops Professional Organizers. The blog post is one I’ve posted before but frankly, it is worth reading again. In this post, I wrote about cleaning out my father’s own home after his death and the sheer amount of “stuff” that had […]

  • New Social Security Phone Scam

    New Social Security Phone Scam

    There’s a new phone scam targeting seniors and it focuses on Social Security. Scammers have long been calling about our alleged IRS deficiencies. Now they are calling to inform you that you are entitled to a cost of living increase. The scammer then asks you to update your personal information, including your name, date of […]

  • Suzan On The Radio — Interview Live

    Suzan On The Radio — Interview Live

      I will be on The Valley Today The River 95.3 radio this coming Monday, August 14th @12:30 p.m. Host Janet Michael and I have known each other for years so this interview should be interesting.   I hope you tune in.  You can Listen Live Here. Monday, August 14, 2017 @12:30 p.m.

  • Nursing Homes Scrutinized Still Have Poor Care

    Nursing Homes Scrutinized Still Have Poor Care

    I am republishing an article from Kaiser Health News which focuses on the problems with many nursing homes. This is not meant to vilify all nursing facilities. It is just meant to put a light on some of the issues that we face as our population ages and needs more institutional care. At the risk […]

  • Virginia’s New Elective Share Law

    Virginia’s New Elective Share Law

    January 1, 2017, Virginia Code § 64.2-308.1, et seq. changed. This law concerns the surviving spouse’s elective share of his or her deceased spouse’s estate. Under the prior law, a spouse who died either intestate or who didn’t leave his or her spouse property (disinheritance), had a right to claim an elective share of the […]

  • Repeal of Obamacare, Medicare and the “Donut Hole”

    Repeal of Obamacare, Medicare and the “Donut Hole”

    Approximately 57 million senior citizens and disabled Americans are currently enrolled in Medicare. I remind people that Medicare is health insurance for seniors and disabled Americans (as opposed to Medicaid, which is for a different purpose). There is a great deal of talk that repeal of Obamacare will occur within the first 100 days of the […]

  • Suzan Joins ShenArts Board

    Suzan Joins ShenArts Board

    I am pleased and honored to have been asked to join the ShenArts Board of Directors (Shenandoah Arts Council). I look forward to working with the staff and board members to continue the mission of  supporting the arts through programming, instruction, and exhibition and expanding arts awareness in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. See the Shen Arts […]

  • End-of-Life Issue in Me Before You

    End-of-Life Issue in Me Before You

    I just finished reading JoJo Moyes’ bestselling novel Me Before You, which was also recently made into a movie. I won’t give the plot away so in a nutshell, it is about a young man who becomes a quadriplegic, and the young woman that is hired as a caretaker for him. The book delves into […]

  • 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 […]

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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