Covington, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

Clifton Forge, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 57 years experience
(540) 862-4293 316 Commercial Avenue
Clifton Forge, VA 24422-0635
Estate Planning
Mark Hurt
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Salem, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(276) 623-0808 103 S College Ave
Salem, VA 24153
Estate Planning, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Workers' Comp
Duke University School of Law
I am a native Bristolian who obtained my undergraduate degree from University of Virginia in 1981. I obtained my law degree from Duke University, graduating in the top ten percent of my class. Prior to returning to the Tri-Cities, I practiced with large litigation law firms in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C. I have extensive litigation experience, including trying cases in front of a jury, and arguing appeals, in Virginia, Tennessee and federal courts. I have argued twice before the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court. I have also successfully reached settlements for my...
Thomas Woodward Ashton
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Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(540) 929-1330 2728 Colonial Ave
Suite 111
Roanoke, VA 24015
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Appeals, Business and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
I am a tenacious Roanoke lawyer who puts my clients' interests first. As a general practice attorney, I have extensive experience in many different areas of the law, including: business formation and corporate governance, general civil litigation, family law (divorce, support and custody), plaintiff's personal injury, GAO protests and federal procurement law, bankruptcy (Chapters 7 and 13), construction litigation, civil rights and s. 1983 cases, protective orders, and alternative dispute resolution. This broad experience allows me to bring a different perspective to bear in my practice. I have won jury and bench trials in Virginia, and have been victorious...
Mr. Kristopher R Olin Esq.
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Christiansburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(540) 382-6321 27 Scattergood Drive, NW
Christiansburg, VA 24060
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Criminal
St. John's University School of Law
Ross Cameron Hart
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Salem, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(540) 375-3281 40 W Main St
PO Box 567
Salem, VA 24153
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
University of Virginia School of Law
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...
Matthew T. Schottmiller
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Salem, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(540) 815-6288 30 E Clay St #203
Salem, VA 24153
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
University of New Mexico
Matt recently returned to the Roanoke Valley after spending 9 years in New Mexico, where he served as an officer in the Air Force and obtained his two graduate degrees.
Rhona Levine
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Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(540) 342-9311 601 S Jefferson St
Suite 310
Roanoke, VA 24011
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
George Mason University School of Law
Timothy Shawn Bird
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Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(540) 721-5110 310 S. Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24011
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Often people ask "What type of law do you practice?" I respond in a fashion most don't expect. I think of myself as a personal and small business lawyer. If you, a loved one, or your business has a legal need, whatever it may be, I and my firm are here to help. Gilbert, Bird, Sharpes and Robinson has a number of wonderful attorneys who can meet most all of the legal needs of our clients. If for some reason we can't, however, we will find an attorney who can. Our goal is to...
Joel Bron Miller
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Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
(540) 992-1245 40 British Woods Drive, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24019
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Tax
Matthew L. Pack Esq.
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Bedford, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(540) 586-7225 423 East Main Street, Suite 1
Bedford, VA 24523
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Family
Timothy D. Dooley
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Vinton, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 627-5140 Post Office Box 1037
10 Walnut Avenue #4
Vinton, VA 24179
Estate Planning, Collections, Criminal and Personal Injury
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Lee R. Taylor
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Lexington, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
401 Lime Kiln Road
Lexington, VA 24450
Estate Planning, DUI, Family and Probate
Lee R. Taylor holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and his J.D. law degree from the Mercer University School of Law. While still in law school, he had already started his career in the legal profession as part of the university's third-year practice program. Taylor has considerable experience on both sides of the courtroom: Before moving into a private practice that involves both civil litigation and criminal defense cases, he had served as an assistant district attorney for Dalton, GA; as city attorney for the city of Ellijay, GA, and as county attorney for Gilmer...
John J. Robertson
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Blacksburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 552-0007 504 South Main Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Estate Planning, Criminal, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Salem, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 389-4433 709 Maryland Ave
Salem, VA 24153
Estate Planning and Business
Lubbock, TX Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(806) 785-2096 1717 Avenue K
Lubbock, TX 79401
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Elder and Tax
Bedford, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 587-5548 118 E Main St
Bedford, VA 24523
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 342-0888 318 Washington Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 982-1220 204 McClanahan Street SW
Roanoke, VA 24014
Estate Planning
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 982-1220 204 McClanahan Street SW
Roanoke, VA 24014
Estate Planning
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 853-2626 6225 Hidden Valley Dr
Roanoke, VA 24018
Estate Planning and Tax
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 982-1220 204 McClanahan Street SW
Roanoke, VA 24014
Estate Planning
Blacksburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 951-1400 700 N Main St
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Estate Planning, Real Estate and Tax
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 982-1700 320 Elm Avenue SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Criminal
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 989-0000 3140 Chaparral Dr
Roanoke, VA 24018
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Roanoke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 345-1662 333 Church Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Estate Planning, Criminal and DUI
Lexington, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 463-1102 14 E Nelson St
Lexington, VA 24450
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Moneta, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(540) 296-4095 13595 Booker T Washington Highway
Moneta, VA 24121
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Karen L. Rowell
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Harrisonburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(540) 433-2601
Ext. 217
92 N. liberty Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
College of William and Mary
Karen L. Rowell is an associate attorney with Clark & Bradshaw, P.C. Ms. Rowell grew up in Roanoke County, Virginia, graduating from Cave Spring High School. She received her baccalaureate degree in Family & Child Development from Virginia Tech and her juris doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Ms. Rowell served as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive in the United States Navy for five years prior to attending law school and has been practicing law in Harrisonburg since 2008. Ms. Rowell focuses her practice on wills & estate planning, advanced...
Brittany S. Williams
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Stuart, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(276) 694-2455 125 Slusher Street
Stuart, VA 24171
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Juvenile
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Britt is the Vice President of Schneider & Williams, P.C. Originally from Georgia, she graduated from Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology. Britt then went on to attend Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. There, Britt chaired as Vice President of the Student Government Association, the Campus Events Organization, and a community service society unique to Sweet Briar. She also enjoyed the opportunity to captain the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse team. Britt graduated Sweet Briar College with a BA in Sociology with a minor in Religion.

Following graduation, Britt attended Samford University’s Cumberland School of...
Michael T Trent
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Halifax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(434) 471-4339 7 South Main Street
Halifax, VA 24558
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Michael T. Trent is an experienced attorney with an active practice including criminal defense, general civil litigation including personal injury, and estate planning including wills and estates. His love for our Southside Virginia community is deep, with not only his growing up in Charlotte County, but with the vast majority of his family having called all different parts of Southside home. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Lynchburg College, Mike received his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. He then decided to come home to Southside, and...
Stacey Lynn McDonough
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Crozet, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(434) 218-2172 P.O. Box 733
Crozet, VA 22932
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Probate
University of Richmond School of Law
Lewis A. Martin III
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Charlottesville, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(434) 817-3100 400 Locust Avenue, Suite 1
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Estate Planning and Real Estate
University of Virginia
Lewis A. Martin, III began his law practice by joining his father upon his graduation with a JD from the University of Virginia in 1979. He focuses his practice in the areas of real property law, including commercial real estate, mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens, like-kind exchanges, and advanced property conveyances and financing, as well as estate planning and administration, serving as an Assistant Commissioner of Accounts for Albemarle County, Virginia. Mr. Martin was born and raised in Charlottesville, and values the relationships he’s developed through a lifetime of calling Central Virginia his home.
Brandon G Hudson
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Halifax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(434) 476-8000 P.O. Box 1845
Halifax, VA 24558
Estate Planning
University of Virginia School of Law
Ari N Sommer
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Charlottesville, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(434) 293-7788 1411 Sachem Place
Suite 2
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Boston College Law School
Ari graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Originally from Boston, MA, Ari relocated to Virginia in 2011 after meeting his bride, Garland, and joined the Stapleton Elder Law family soon thereafter. The couple wed in Clarke County in 2012 and live “happily ever after” in Charlottesville. Ari and Garland welcomed their first child, Elspeth Margaret, in March, 2015. While Ari’s focus in on Elder Law and Asset Protection, he is also an expert on Veterans benefits. Ari takes the time to listen to...
Clint Sellers
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Harrisonburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(540) 437-9400 66 South Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Since 2002 Clint Sellers has used practical legal advice to protect families and small businesses. He focuses on real estate, civil trials, wills and small business matters and is an authority on the use of estate planning techniques for wealth preservation and succession planning. Clint’s clients range from young families to retirees, professionals, entrepreneurs and estate representatives and beneficiaries. He strives to always deal fairly and help clients resolve disputes without unnecessary expense or litigation. Clint is admitted to practice in all Virginia courts, as well as Federal courts. He regularly appears in District and...
Chuck Sharkey
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Forest, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(434) 205-0499 PO Box 1281
Forest, VA 24551
Estate Planning, Business and Immigration
Liberty University School of Law
Chuck grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Virginia in 2002. He attended Liberty University where he graduated with a B.S. in Government with a focus in Pre-law. After receiving his degree Chuck attended the Liberty University School of Law. Chuck earned his J.D. and was admitted to the State Bar in 2012. When not working Chuck enjoys spending time with his wife, Chrissey, and his two young children, Landon and Chloe. He also likes to play and watch sports.
Harold E. Slate II
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Stuart, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(276) 694-2731 403 Patrick Avenue
Post Office Box 765
Stuart, VA 24171
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Campbell University
Julie King
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Charlottesville, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 years experience
(434) 825-4172 1001 E Market St
Suite 101
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Estate Planning
Robert Colby Warren
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Danville, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
219 Patton Street
Danville, VA 24541
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Elon University
I graduated from Tunstall High School in 2007. I went on to attend Hampden-Sydney College where I received my B.S. in History and graduated with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2011. I then attended Elon University School of Law. I received my J.D. in 2014 and became a member of the Virginia Bar in 2015. My areas of practice include personal injury, criminal defense, and domestic relations as well as general practice.
Kelly Gurley Roberts
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Charlottesville, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(434) 973-7474 307 W Rio Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Elder
Regent University
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


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