Front Royal, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

Stacy Costello
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Virginia Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience

American University Washington College of LawMaryland, District of Columbia and Virginia
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Christopher T. Craig
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Virginia Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience

Mr. Craig is a partner in the Law Firm of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Previously he was a partner in the firm, Sparks & Craig, LLP after serving 10 years as an associate attorney in the predecessor law firm... Read More »
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Front Royal, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 635-9426 147 Mountain Top Rd
Front Royal, VA 22630
Estate Planning, Elder and Social Security Disability
Front Royal, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 631-9186 209 Park Ridge Ct
Front Royal, VA 22630
Estate Planning
Matthew Lane Kreitzer
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 4 years experience
(540) 333-0330 340 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
#2574
Winchester, VA 22604
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Hi, I'm Matthew.



I approach the practice of law with a focus on helping my clients understand an often complicated legal system. Working collaboratively allows me to anticipate my clients' needs, while also aiding my clients by providing them an informed view of all the potential dangers and rewards of each unique case. My primary practice areas are Divorce, Child Custody, Trusts & Wills and Bankruptcy. However, I also provide legal support for small businesses looking to incorporate, resolve disputes with employees or review potential contracts and business transactions.
Joshua E Hummer
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(540) 931-7078 2654 Valley Ave
Suite B
Winchester, VA 22601
Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
University of Virginia School of Law
I represent small, medium, national and international businesses, non-profits and individuals on a wide variety of corporate and business matters, including forming companies, drafting and negotiating contracts, dealing with employment matters, handling real estate and land use issues, collecting receivables, and defending and prosecuting litigation. I also assist many clients with their elder care, estate planning and estate administration needs, including drafting wills and trusts, assisting with the appointment of guardians and conservators, and the Virginia probate process. I strongly believe that clients receive the best legal services from an attorney who is intimately familiar with their businesses and goals....
Charles E McWilliams Jr.
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(540) 667-4912 204 South Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22604
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Tax
Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason University School of Law
Chuck has practiced in Winchester and throughout northern Virginia since 2007. He is both a lawyer and a Certified Public Accountant (with an LL.M in Tax and Estate Planning) and worked in public accounting before attending law school. Chuck’s practice focuses on complex estate planning and administration matters, resolving tax disputes, business planning, choice of entity, conservation easements and other business matters. Chuck has extensive training in complex estate and business matters and his practice focuses primarily on business owners and families with more than $1 million in liquid assets. Chuck regularly works to resolve family disputes, establish business...
Joan Fine
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 37 years experience
(540) 722-6800 302 W. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Boston College Law School
Ms. Fine has practiced law for 35 years, the last 28 in Virginia. Her business law experience started immediately after graduating from Boston College Law School in 1982 when she worked at a 50-attorney Boston law firm. In 1989 she joined the Costello Dickenson firm in Winchester, Virginia, and in 1990 opened her own firm.

Ms. Fine has extensive practice drafting business contracts, including buy-sell agreements, employment agreements and non-competition agreements, and, balancing that experience, she reviews and litigates contracts drafted by other attorneys.

Her Wills, Trusts and Estates practice involves planning, drafting estate documents and probate litigation.

Her equine practice is an...
Vincent J Mata
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Strasburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(540) 686-1203 110 N Massanutten St
Strasburg, VA 22657
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
George Mason University School of Law
Vincent J. Mata attended the University of Notre Dame and the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum for undergraduate studies in the classical humanities. He obtained a Master's degree at The Catholic University of America in philosophy, and earned his Juris Doctor at George Mason University School of Law, now Antonin Scalia Law School. Vincent founded Shenandoah Estate Planning & Elder Law PLC, a law firm serving the northern Shenandoah Valley focusing entirely on estate planning and elder law issues.
Nate Lavinder Adams
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(540) 667-1330 11 S Cameron St
Winchester, VA 22601
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Employment
Washington & Lee University
Nate L. Adams, III, was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1981. Since that time, he has tried or argued cases at every level of the Virginia Courts and, with the sole exception of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Courts. He concentrates his practice in business law, incorporation law, workers' compensation, creditor's rights, employment law for both employers and employees, domestic relations, and personal injury.

Mr. Adams is a graduate of the College of William and Mary (A.B., 1977) and the Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., 1981).

Mr. Adams is active in the Winchester community, currently...
Ari N Sommer
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(540) 324-9328 2971 Valley Avenue
Winchester, VA 22601
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...
Brad Pollack
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Woodstock, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 33 years experience
(540) 459-8600 753 South Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law and William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
I was born in 1960 to a Navy family, graduated from high school here in Shenandoah County, attended William & Mary, the University of Richmond, and the U.S. Naval War College. Before hanging my shingle in Woodstock, I worked on the staffs of the Secretary of the Navy and the Governor of Virginia. I retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2005 as a Lieutenant Colonel. I have son born in 1999 and live at Bryce Resort.
James M. Sack
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Virginia Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience

Boston University School of Law and Georgetown University Law CenterDistrict of Columbia and Virginia
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Larry J Mayer
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(540) 868-0750 2971 Valley Ave
Winchester, VA 22601
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Securities
Widener University Delaware School of Law
Attorney Larry J. Mayer earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1992 from Widener Univ. School of Law, Delaware, with undergraduate education in Aeronautical Science and Business Administration – Finance. He worked in general aviation as a commercial pilot prior to law school. Admitted to practice law in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Colorado, his career includes internships with the Civil Division of the US Dept. of Justice and the Chief Counsel’s office for the Federal Aviation Administration. He also served as a litigation attorney in Philadelphia and Denver law firms. Since establishing his own...
James Douglas McCarthy Esq
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(540) 722-2181 302 W Boscawen St
Winchester, VA 22601
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Real Estate
Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 667-8149 101 S Loudoun St
Winchester, VA 22601
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Berryville, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 43 years experience
(540) 855-4404 28 Rosemont Manor Ln
Berryville, VA 22611
Estate Planning
Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(540) 665-0050 120 Exeter Dr
Winchester, VA 22603
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(540) 667-6400 29 N Braddock St
Winchester, VA 22601
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Criminal
Woodstock, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 459-3620 115 W Court St
Woodstock, VA 22664
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(540) 667-8735 125 W Boscawen St
Winchester, VA 22601
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Katherine S. Charapich
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Culpeper, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(540) 812-2046 219 East Davis Street
Suite 320
Culpeper, VA 22701
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
Liberty University School of Law
U Mass Amherst - University of Massachusetts at Amherst - Political Science - Undergraduate Degree

Real Estate Broker License - Commonwealth of Virginia

Juris Doctorate Degree - Law Degree - Liberty University School of Law - Lynchburg, Virginia

Virginia State Bar - Commonwealth of Virginia
Karen L. Rowell
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Harrisonburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 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...
Jean Galloway Ball
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(703) 591-4900 10511 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
The George Washington University Law School
Jean Galloway Ball is certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation. She does life care and estate planning: preparing powers of attorney, Wills and Trusts for seniors and their families. She assists families with planning for disabled adult children. She advises on families on planning for long term care expenses. She is a recognized litigator in the area of fiduciary litigation including guardianship, Will contests, trust administration, claims against estates, accounts from fiduciaries, undue influence and financial exploitation.
Eugene Sim
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(703) 896-7686 4000 Legato Road
Suite 1100
Fairfax, VA 22033
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Military and Tax
Georgetown University Law Center
Gene received his B.S. degree in Material Science from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University. He received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and served as Senior Editor for the Georgetown Journal on Poverty and Policy. Through competitive selection processes, Gene was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 - (DC/VA), 2014 (DC)(Law & Politics Magazine) and as Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite (Taxes, Estates and Trusts, 2008, 2010, & 2013). Featured on Fox News and other media outlets, he also is an accredited attorney for...
Richard Sternberg
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 35 years experience
(888) 541-4020 10605 Judicial Dr, B7
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, International, Probate and Real Estate
Center for International Legal Studies and Georgetown University
The Law Offices of Richard S. Sternberg is dedicated to the principle that bigger is not always better. Instead, it rests on a tradition that actually antedates the rise of the “mega-firm”-the solo practice. Emulating a country lawyer in a big-city environment allows Mr. Sternberg to provide more individualized service to his clients, and, at the same time, pursue more collegial relations with other members of the Bar. Since 1984, Mr. Sternberg has dedicated his practice to representing individuals and smaller businesses. For those corporate clients who have larger needs, he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Washington Law Consortium,...
Sammid Joseph Mansoor
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Leesburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 years experience
(888) 731-5999 44084 Riverside Parkway #120
Leesburg, VA 20176
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Elder
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
My passion is helping individuals, families, and business owners achieve peace of mind by developing and implementing creative, customized, and yet cost effective plans. As part of my goal oriented estate planning process, I first seek to understand your goals and needs. My advice focuses on how your estate planning documents advance your goals. I use plain English and easy to understand visual aids, so you know what you need to do in order ensure that your plan works the way you intend. My personal mission is to make estate planning as accessible, efficient and streamlined as possible...
Sheri Abrams
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Oakton, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(571) 328-5795 10467 White Granite Drive
Suite 306
Oakton, VA 22124
Estate Planning, Administrative, Elder and Social Security Disability
The George Washington University Law School
Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, has been practicing Social Security Disability Law, Estate Planning, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning for more than 20 years. Sheri is rated “AV Preeminent”, the highest rating possible by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and was named a “Super Lawyer,” one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” one of Virginia’s “Top Rated Lawyers” and one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite.” Sheri is active in many different professional organizations including the Virginia State Bar, District of Columbia Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA),...
Matthew Joseph Yao
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(703) 828-5299 10615 Judicial Drive, Suite 102
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Family and Immigration
University of Virginia School of Law
I am located in Fairfax, Virginia and serve the Northern Virginia area. My practice focuses primarily on Juvenile and Family Law, Immigration Law, and Elder Law.
Kerri Castellini
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Leesburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(703) 592-8375 20 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176
Estate Planning and Probate
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Kerri Castellini is primarily a DC-based attorney with a focus on estate and trust administration, guardianship for incapacitated adults and minors, and estate planning. She brings her legal experience to the Trusts and Estates Practice Group and is currently admitted to practice law in Washington DC, Maryland, and before the supreme court. She is passionate about providing a high level of attention to her clients to come up with a plan that is best for their unique circumstances.
Mr. Kia Brian Kondori
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(703) 385-2080 4085 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 401
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Immigration and Probate
After passing the Virginia State Bar in 2014, Mr. Kondori became an associate attorney at Pikrallidas & Associates, involved with all types of cases, ranging from personal injury, divorce and family law, contract review & consulting, the ever changing immigration field, as well as civil and traffic matters. Kia aims to continue representing his clients to the best of his abilities as one of the founding attorney's at Kondori, Moorad & Niesen. Mr. Kondori is a homegrown Virginia talent, born and raised in Northern Virginia. He graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Government...
James McMurray Johnson
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Manassas, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 986-0560 9324 West Street
Suite 201
Manassas, VA 20110
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
George Mason University School of Law
James M. Johnson graduated from James Madison University in with degrees in Biology and Economics. He received his Juris Doctor from the George Mason School of Law. James Johnson has worked at the outstanding law firms of Pfitzner & Morley, Johnson Ford Law, and now he is the managing attorney at the Johnson Law Firm, PC. He is admitted to practice in all Virginia courts, as well as the Federal and Bankruptcy courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia.
Charles W. Hazelwood Jr.
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Burke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(703) 455-5160 9245 OLD KEENE MILL ROAD
200
Burke, VA 22015
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
The George Washington University Law School and University of Richmond School of Law
Charles W. Hazelwood, Jr., or "Chuck", has accumulated a significant legal skill set over the past four decades. His communication skills and negotiating abilities were honed and perfected over time as he handled thousands cases. He has a thorough understanding of the law and comprehensive experience with handing estates and trusts, real estate issues, personal injury cases, and more. His long-standing legal acumen has been time-tested by the significantnumber of cases he has handled. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Chuck attended West Springfield High School.

Charles W. Hazelwood, Jr. has bar memberships in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...
Evan Harris Farr
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(800) 399-3277 10640 Main St
Suite 200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Nursing Home and Probate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
In practice since 1987, Attorney Evan Farr is widely recognized as one of the leading Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Specials Needs attorneys in Virginia, DC, and Maryland, and one of foremost experts in the Country in the field of Medicaid Asset Protection and related Trusts. Evan Farr has been quoted or cited as an expert by numerous sources, including the Washington Post, Newsweek Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine, Trusts & Estates Magazine, The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Bar Association, and has been featured as a guest speaker on television and numerous radio shows, including Fairfax...
Charles W. Hazelwood III
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Burke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 455-5160 9245 Old Keene Mill Road Suite 200
Burke, VA 22015
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Probate and Real Estate
University of Richmond School of Law
I am licensed to practice law in the commonwealth of Virginia. I am a native Virginian and I attended high school at Lake Braddock. I graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina where I earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in criminal justice. I then graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, I interned with the IRS and prosecuted cases at the New Kent County Commonwealth’s Attorney office. Since graduating and becoming licensed, I have focused on estate planning and criminal/traffic defense. My passion for defending and helping his clients has allowed him to...
Wojtek P Wilczynski
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(571) 418-1985 10627 Jones Street, Suite 201-B
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Immigration
Temple University
I am a sole practitioner dedicated to serving my clients by providing excellent legal representation with flexible payment options. I believe everyone deserves to have legal counsel, and for that reason, I am willing to work with clients who may require alternative payment options and who cannot afford the typical attorney fees.
Bernard John-Eduard van Gils
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Warrenton, VA Estate Planning Attorney
Warrenton, VA 20186
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Probate
American University Washington College of Law
Bernard "Bert" van Gils works in the areas of estate planning and business law. His business practice includes general counsel services, local and international business transactions, copyrights, trademarks and non-profit organizations. He has facilitated, negotiated and drafted transactions for companies active throughout the United States and for companies conducting business in Europe, Latin America and Southeast Asia. As he was a business owner before becoming a lawyer, Bert especially enjoys assisting business owners with establishing and growing their businesses. He has assisted businesses in information technology, retail and wholesale sales, engineering, building and home contracting, printing,...
Ms. Alvi Aggarwal
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(703) 273-4230 4165 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
The George Washington University Law School and University of Miami School of Law
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...
Loretta Morris Williams
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(703) 591-4900 10511 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Robert Feisee
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Ashburn, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(703) 654-6019 44365 Premier Plaza
Suite 210
Ashburn, VA 20147
Estate Planning and Business
George Mason University
Hi, my name's Bobby Feisee and I'm an estate planning attorney in Ashburn, Virginia (VA). I founded my firm, Insight Law, because my passion is working with people and helping them plan for the future. I tell everyone that estate planning is absolutely critical for properly organizing and planning the financial future of you and your loved ones. I realized this through a difficult personal experience I had with a loved one. My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and I reviewed his estate plan (i.e. his Will, Trust, Power of Attorney and Medical Directives). I realized I made a terrible...
Christopher T. Craig
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(703) 865-7480 3050 Chain Bridge Rd
#200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Business and Employment
George Mason University School of Law
Mr. Craig is a partner in the Law Firm of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Previously he was a partner in the firm, Sparks & Craig, LLP after serving 10 years as an associate attorney in the predecessor law firm of Herge, Sparks & Christopher from 1995-2004.

Prior to 1995, he served as a legislative analyst for the government affairs firms of Albers & Co., Inc. and the Center for State Policy Research.

Mr. Craig represents companies, corporations, partnerships and individuals in business, contract law, intellectual property, and a wide range of other practice areas to include estate/trust planning and administration, election...
Mary Ellen
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(703) 896-7945 4000 Legato Road
11th Floor
Fairfax, VA 22033
Estate Planning
American University Washington College of Law
Mary Ellen Lench is the principal of M.E. Lench, P.C., and her practice is concentrated in estate and trust administration and business planning. Mary Ellen has been in practice for more than 18 years, representing clients in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, and she focuses on personal service to her clients. She has been teaching estate planning classes through Loudoun County Adult Education for the past eight years and was recently voted among the Legal Elite for Trust/Estate/Elder Law Attorneys by Virginia Business Magazine. Mary Ellen received her J.D. from American University, cum laude, and was Editor of the Law Review. Following...
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