Ross Cameron Hart

Ross Cameron Hart

Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
  • Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning ...
  • Virginia
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Biography

I was born and grew up in the area - my family has served the legal needs of the area since 1892, over 120 years. My goal is to explain the legal process in plain English and to avoid the 'technical lawyer words' which only confuse many people. The primary focus of my firm is now "Elder Law" which broadly includes estate planning, Nursing Home admissions and Medicaid applications and adult guardianship. After a family member dies, we advise and assist in the estate administration process. In short, we help families plan and deal with aging and death and navigating the legal system.

Education
University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Monmouth College
B.A. (1973) | Business Adm
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Professional Experience
Owner/President
Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
- Current
Family firm begun by my grandfather and his brother (Hon. John L. Hart) in 1892
Awards
SuperLawyer
SuperLawyers
Recognition of top 5% of lawyers in field of law
Chapter Member of Year
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
VAELA is a group of around 200 lawyers focusing on Elder Law; award recognizes member of chapter who contributes time, expertise, etc. for the chapter and other members.
Pro-bono Award, 2008 (23rd Circuit)
Virginia State Bar
Award for pro-bono (low income clients)
Professional Associations
NAELA
MEMBER
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Virginia Academy Elder Law Attorneys
Director
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Salem/Roanoke County Bar Ass'n
Member
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Virginia State Bar
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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4th Circuit
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Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Family member in Alexandria VA. Not sure if he will survive. Don't know if has a will. need advice
A: I am sorry for your situation. I always recommend consulting an attorney for an estate - depending on the estate we can save the family money and keep them from making mistakes in handling the estate. Consult a probate lawyer. There's usually no hurry when someone passes away - handling the legal stuff can wait a week or two after death. Gather as much information as possible as to real estate and financial accounts (and whether someone is named as a beneficiary or co-owner of an account), investment accounts, and any significant personal property. Also get an idea of what they owe - particularly if it is a mortgage on the real estate or loan on a car. If there's a will, that's needed of course (But DO NOT make any marks or writing on the will as that could void it)
Q. If a co-signer dies, what happens to the loan?
A: The loan is still in force - the other individual will still be responsible for payment. It is also possible that the estate of the person who died will have to pay it - and in turn could require the other borrower to repay the estate. Every case like this is different and a lawyer should be consulted so they can review and advise you on the specific facts of the case.
Q. If you have a deed that is joint tenants with the right of survivorship can a will void that?
A: For Virginia property, no. The only way a joint tenant with survivorship can 'break' the deed is to convey their share of the property to a third person.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd.
Contact & Map
HART & HART ATTORNEYS, LTD.
40 W Main St
PO Box 567
Salem, VA 24153
Telephone: (540) 375-3281
Fax: (540) 375-7677
Monday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 1 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed