Creditor Rights and Representation against Estates

The Commonwealth of Virginia is an old state. As such, its rules governing the inheritance of property and the ability to recover lawful claims against the deceased arise from a time of plantations, when the legislature was more focused on preserving family wealth and land than protecting the rights of creditors. While the relevant statutes have been modernized to some extent, the transfer of property and the mechanisms for recovery remain rooted in ancient, overly-complicated rules.

Most creditors, and many attorneys, find it difficult to navigate the rules and code relevant in ensuring maximum recovery of loans, co-obligations and claims related to the deceased. At Bronley Law, PLLC, we believe that lawful claims should not be forsaken merely because of a technicality or a decedent’s efforts to avoid the payoff of his debts postmortem. Too often we have come across creditors who forfeited their rights because they didn’t know the mechanisms and procedures available to help them. Know your rights, and arm yourself with an attorney knowledgeable and experienced in this nuanced arena. At Bronley Law, we have background and experience to zealously represent creditors of the deceased.