Joshua E. Hummer, Esq.

Joshua E. Hummer, Esq.

Hi, I'm Josh. I'm an esta te planning, elder care, and business attorn ey in Ashburn and Northern Virginia. I 'm passionate about helping people create futu re plans that focus on their lov ed ones' well-being and leave their lega cy for the good of others.

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11/03/2021

We are excited to announce th at the Law Office of Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. is now Atlas Law. Tha nk you to everyone who has lik ed and follows this page! We ha ve a new page called Atlas L aw where we will be actively posti ng content. Please search Atlas Law a nd like our new page to st ay in the loop and see helpf ul planning content and firm updates. We apprecia te each one of you!

Fearless: Facing the Future Confidently wi th Relational Estate Planning 09/09/2021

Fearless: Facing the Future Confidently wi th Relational Estate Planning

Thank you so much to a ll those of you who have reach ed out to congratulate us since o ur book launch last week - yo ur support means so much! We a re thrilled to share this book wi th the world now.
More than ju st the book itself, we feel bless ed and honored to be able to sha re the Relational Estate Planning principles th at have changed our and many of o ur clients' lives.

If you haven't grabb ed your copy yet, you can fi nd it here:

Fearless: Facing the Future Confidently wi th Relational Estate Planning Fearless: Facing the Future Confidently wi th Relational Estate Planning

6 Ways to Minimize the Effec ts of Coming Changes to Tax La ws | Joshua E. Hummer, Esq. 06/30/2021

6 Ways to Minimize the Effec ts of Coming Changes to Tax La ws | Joshua E. Hummer, Esq.

In case you missed our webin ar and recent newsletters, here's a qui ck read on how you can prepa re for coming tax changes.
There has be en a lot of talk about t he new administration bringing changes to t ax laws. We don’t know when or to wh at extent the laws will change, b ut we do know that these chang es are likely a matter of “when ,” not “if.” Click the link bel ow to gain insight on what y ou can do ahead of time:

6 Ways to Minimize the Effec ts of Coming Changes to Tax La ws | Joshua E. Hummer, Esq. There has been a lot of ta lk about the new administration bringing chang es to tax laws. Here are s ix ways to deal with the effec ts:

3 Reasons AMDs are Crucial f or Dementia Care Planning | Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. 06/24/2021

3 Reasons AMDs are Crucial f or Dementia Care Planning | Joshua E. Humm er, Esq.

Yesterday, we partnered again with Insig ht Memory Care Center, hosted by Lansdow ne Heights, a Memory Care Community, to educa te the community on identifying memory impairme nt and advance planning.

We al so collaborated with Insight on this bl og, "3 Reasons Advanced Medical Directives a re Crucial for Dementia Care Planning". Plea se check it out!

Thank you Insig ht and Lansdowne Heights for your partnership!

https://www.jehlaw.net/3-reasons-amds-are-crucial-for-dementia-care-planning/

3 Reasons AMDs are Crucial f or Dementia Care Planning | Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. An enormous piece of dementia ca re planning is creating an advance medic al directive (AMD). AMDs are crucial f or three reasons:

Insight: Event Calendar 05/11/2021

Insight: Event Calendar

We are honored to have be en asked to speak for Insight Memo ry Care Center's Classes for Caregivers seri es, on the topic "Getting Your Duc ks in a Row: Legal Planning"
The eve nt is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12, 2021 fr om 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, it is virtu al. Follow this link to register, a nd please share!
https://www.insightmcc.org/get-involved/events/event_calendar.html/event/2021/05/12/getting-your-ducks-in-a-row-legal-planning/319936

Insight: Event Calendar There's always something going on at Insig ht! From our monthly Snapshot events to o ur education classes, check back often f or the latest programs and events.

Single and Planning for Retirement - 5 K ey Things to Do 02/23/2021

Single and Planning for Retirement - 5 K ey Things to Do

We recently had the privilege of joini ng Linda Black with Lifemark Securities on h er show. This particular episode was on t he topic of singles planning for retireme nt - it's definitely worth watching. Than ks so much for having us, Lin da!

Single and Planning for Retirement - 5 K ey Things to Do

Wills, Trusts, and Other Tools of Esta te Planning | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq. 02/10/2021

Wills, Trusts, and Other Tools of Esta te Planning | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq.

In a strictly legal sense, esta te planning is making legal arrangements f or what will happen to your asse ts when you die. And most of t he time, people automatically think of wil ls and trusts as the primary too ls of estate planning.

In reality, though, esta te planning can and should be so mu ch more than distributing assets or drafti ng legal documents.

Wills, Trusts, and Other Tools of Esta te Planning | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq. Most of the time, people thi nk of wills and trusts as t he primary tools of estate planning. B ut there are more tools you c an use to end well.

Vendor Spotlight: The Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer 02/01/2021

Vendor Spotlight: The Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer

We shortened the new tax informati on to bite-sized pieces for this highlig ht. Thank you, Spear Realty Group! Ta ke a look at this quick overvi ew of coming tax changes:

Vendor Spotlight: The Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer This month we get some t ax advice from The Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer.

How 2021 Tax Law Changes M ay Affect Your Estate | Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. 01/29/2021

How 2021 Tax Law Changes M ay Affect Your Estate | Joshua E. Humm er, Esq.

How 2021 Tax Law Changes M ay Affect Your Estate | Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. Biden stated he plans to ma ke tax law changes in 2021. The se could affect your estate: the esta te tax, the income tax, and t he capital gains tax.

How Does Death Tax Work? | L aw Office of Joshua E. Hummer 12/21/2020

How Does Death Tax Work? | L aw Office of Joshua E. Hummer

When we say estate planning, ma ny people’s minds jump to thinking abo ut taxes. It's an understandable concern; it is be st to keep as many of yo ur assets within your control as possib le- unless one of your goals is to voluntari ly fund the federal government. (We’re guessi ng it’s probably not!)

While it’s not t he most enjoyable thing to think abo ut how death taxes work, everyone shou ld understand the basics so they c an ensure that their hard-earned money is us ed to achieve their goals when th ey pass, not to pay unnecessary taxes.

Ta ke a look at the overview we' ve put together below - we've brok en it down to make the t ax world less confusing:

How Does Death Tax Work? | L aw Office of Joshua E. Hummer When people think about estate planni ng, they often ask us, "How do es death tax work?" It's a val id concern - learn about death tax es here.

How to Write an Advance Medic al Directive | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq. 12/14/2020

How to Write an Advance Medic al Directive | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq.

Five tips for writing an advan ce medical directive:

1. Explore your options a nd determine your wishes so that y ou can know better how to wri te your advance medical directive.

2. Choo se your medical agent carefully and empow er them to act.

3. Create yo ur advance medical directive before you a re in a crisis.

4. Choose an attorn ey who knows how to write an advan ce medical directive according to the stipulatio ns of your state.

5. Understand th at there are different medical documents th at do different things.

Learn more abo ut each of these things by clicki ng the link below:

https://www.jehlaw.net/how-to-write-an-advance-medical-directive/

How to Write an Advance Medic al Directive | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq. If you are wondering how to wri te an advance medical directive, here a re five tips to creating one th at is tailored to you:

How to Write an Advance Medic al Directive | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq. 12/10/2020

How to Write an Advance Medic al Directive | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq.

Do you know how to wri te an advance medical directive? Read t he article below for 5 tips on maki ng sure your AMD is written in a w ay that is valid to doctors a nd will hold up in court in ca se it is challenged:

How to Write an Advance Medic al Directive | Joshua E. Hummer, E sq. If you are wondering how to wri te an advance medical directive, here a re five tips to creating one th at is tailored to you:

What is an Advance Medical Directi ve? | Joshua E. Hummer, ESQ. 12/09/2020

What is an Advance Medical Directi ve? | Joshua E. Hummer, ESQ.

You might have heard you shou ld have an advance medical directive, b ut do you know what they a re? Do you know what they do a nd do not do?

Click the li nk below to learn more:

What is an Advance Medical Directi ve? | Joshua E. Hummer, ESQ. What is an advance medical directi ve, and do you need one to prepa re for the future?

What is an Advance Medical Directi ve? | Joshua E. Hummer, ESQ. 12/02/2020

What is an Advance Medical Directi ve? | Joshua E. Hummer, ESQ.

Research in recent years has sho wn that only about 1/3 of U .S. adults have created an Advance Medic al Directive. Do you know what th ey are and why it is so importa nt for everyone to have one? Cli ck the link below to learn mo re:

What is an Advance Medical Directi ve? | Joshua E. Hummer, ESQ. What is an advance medical directi ve, and do you need one to prepa re for the future?

11/24/2020

Meet Our Team!

Anna is a writ er who specializes in marketing and presenti ng our relational estate planning philosophy. S he brings creativity and expression to o ur team, and loves to brainstorm n ew ideas for the future. Anna is well-lov ed for her thoughtful, ardent, and live ly spirit.

Meet the rest of the te am by clicking here:
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Dementia Care Directives and the Ethi cs of Assisted Feeding – Pathways 11/18/2020

Dementia Care Directives and the Ethi cs of Assisted Feeding – Pathways

A thought-provoking read on a controversi al issue in the senior healthcare indust ry. Should people be able to choo se to not be fed once th ey lose the motor skills to fe ed themselves? Take a look and comme nt your thoughts.

Dementia Care Directives and the Ethi cs of Assisted Feeding – Pathways A friend of mine lives in an independe nt living apartment in a large seni or community. He is an advocate f or advance care planning and reads everythi ng he can get his hands on abo ut the subject. He recently expressed conce rn that senior living communities might n ot honor end-of-life wishes in the ca ...

11/17/2020

With the incredible impact I've se en ethical wills make for families a nd friends, I encourage you to sta rt thinking about making one of yo ur own. Here's a downloadable How-To Gui de to get your started:

https://www.jehlaw.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Ethical-Will-How-to-Guide.pdf

Pam Reynolds and Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. - YouTube 11/11/2020

Pam Reynolds and Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. - YouTube

We have an exciting announcement! P am Reynolds has joined our team as an eld er planning specialist and paralegal. We a re excited to help clients and the ir families create plans that will preve nt them from experiencing crises as th ey age.

If you'd like to hear wh at we hope to do for o ur elderly clients and their families, wat ch our interview below:

Pam Reynolds and Joshua E. Humm er, Esq. - YouTube How did a home care manag er end up joining an estate planni ng and elder law firm?

Our Friend, John: An Example Of An Ethic al Will | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer 11/10/2020

Our Friend, John: An Example Of An Ethic al Will | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer

Back in the spring, we introduc ed our friend, John, who is leavi ng a legacy of love for t he outdoors. We shared his moving ethic al will, which he plans to ha ve read at this funeral.

Now we wa nt to share the latest update on John 's legacy. In a recent publication, t he Potomac Conservancy thanked John for h is generous gift of land. They wrote:

"A special thank you to John D. a nd Arlene Gavitt for the tremendous gi ft of your beloved North River Retre at property to the Conservancy and o ur partner the Cacapon & Lost Rive rs Land Trust. The subsequent sale of th is conservation property yielded more than $345,0 00 for each organization, a windfall wi th which we are forming a speci al fund for land conservation in t he Shenandoah Valley and eastern panhandle of We st Virginia. Your legacy will live on in t he green hills and clean streams of t he Potomac River headwaters forever!"

John has us ed his passion for nature and h is resources to craft an incredible lega cy. His story is a prime examp le of something we encourage people to do as th ey create their end-of-life plans: Combine the ir passion with whatever resources they ha ve to make a difference.

He said to us abo ut his donation:

"Instead of waiting until I pass ed, my wife and I agreed th at a donation while I was sti ll “alive and kicking (sort of)” wou ld be a wonderful way to mo ve forward. This has definitely been a joyf ul experience! A win-win situation for everyo ne involved."

If you haven't read it alrea dy, take a look at John's ethic al will below:

Our Friend, John: An Example Of An Ethic al Will | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer Recently, we had a chance to me et a special man named John. He attend ed a speaking engagement where we discuss ed Relational Estate Planning and the val ue of Ethical Wills, and afterward to ld us that these ideas resonate deep ly with him. He has already p ut together something like an Ethical Wi ll. Aft...

11/09/2020

A few weeks ago, I w as thrilled to present one of my favori te topics, ethical wills, to residents at t he Sunrise Senior Living Centers. The mo re my team and I have conversatio ns with people about ethical wills, t he more excited we get.
Families and individua ls alike are seeing how impactful ethic al wills can be for their relationshi ps and for leaving a legacy wh en they pass. If you are interest ed in listening to the presentation, I' ve included the link to the recordi ng below.
I explain why an ethical wi ll is the most important part of a ny estate plan, how I discovered ethic al wills, and how to start creati ng one:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/8952640798547171841

Photos from Joshua E. Hummer, Esq. 's post 11/05/2020

Little known fact - November is fami ly stories month. And with the holid ay season approaching, it's a great ti me to reflect on our history, fami ly relationships, and legacies passed through t he generations.

Last weekend, my family and I enjoy ed one of my family traditions. Eve ry year as I was growing up, my grandmother held a yearly neighborho od event where she made a hu ge cauldron of Brunswick stew. (If you' ve never had it, it's a Southe rn dish that's made with a toma to base, beans, and meat. The secr et is to let it simmer f or hours; it's absolutely delicious!) She wou ld invite the whole neighborhood to h er backyard, dish each person up a bo wl of stew, and welcome them to st ay and socialize. It became a communi ty event that we all loved.

I' ve started teaching my kids this traditi on, and it means so much to me to pa ss on something that I loved bei ng a part of with my grandmoth er.

What are some of your fami ly stories and traditions from this ti me of year?

10/23/2020

Parents, on a surface level, yo ur kids might need you to lea ve them some money – okay, fi ne. But that pales in comparison to the ir deeper, truer needs. Read more abo ut the best kind of inheritance to lea ve your children by clicking the li nk below:

https://www.jehlaw.net/parents-heres-the-inheritance-your-kids-really-need/

Parents, Here’s The Inheritance Your Ki ds Really Need | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer 10/20/2020

Parents, Here’s The Inheritance Your Ki ds Really Need | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer

"Hear me loud and clear: As an esta te planning specialist, I watch family aft er family go through this process.

Money is n ot the answer.

This is one reason th at traditional estate planning doesn’t work. It focus es on money when it should foc us on relationships."

Read about a better w ay to do estate planning below:

Parents, Here’s The Inheritance Your Ki ds Really Need | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer A Sad Story My team a nd I recently met with a m an whose outlook on life saddened us. He is in his 80s, a nd his three children are in the ir 50s. They each have faced significa nt challenges in life, some due to the ir own choices, others due to t he cards they have been dealt. On e…

Parents, Here’s The Inheritance Your Ki ds Really Need | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer 10/19/2020

Parents, Here’s The Inheritance Your Ki ds Really Need | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer

Read a sad story, and th en read what you can do different ly for your children:

Parents, Here’s The Inheritance Your Ki ds Really Need | Law Office of Josh ua E. Hummer A Sad Story My team a nd I recently met with a m an whose outlook on life saddened us. He is in his 80s, a nd his three children are in the ir 50s. They each have faced significa nt challenges in life, some due to the ir own choices, others due to t he cards they have been dealt. On e…

Ethical Wills-Antidote to the Rich Fo ol 10/15/2020

Ethical Wills-Antidote to the Rich Fo ol

A great article on Ethical Wil ls, why they are so important, a nd how to get started on you rs:

Ethical Wills-Antidote to the Rich Fo ol Parable of the Rich Fool In t he Bible, Jesus tells the parable of t he “rich fool” after one of h is followers requests help convincing his broth er to share an inheritance. The ri ch fool was a man w…

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