Norfolk, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

Steve Miyares
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Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 16 years experience
(757) 955-7739 5900 East Virginia Beach Blvd.
Suite 202
Norfolk, VA 23502
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Richmond School of Law
A resident of Virginia Beach for over 30 years, Mr. Miyares has deep roots in our community. A graduate of Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Mr. Miyares went on to attend Old Dominion University in Norfolk. After earing a B.S. in Political Science in 2000, Mr Miyares earned his J.D. in 2003 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. After his admission to the Virginia Bar in 2003, Mr. Miyares proudly worked in the office of the Norfolk Public Defender. During 8 years in that office, Mr. Miyares gained...
Ellen Charlotte Carlson
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Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(757) 320-0526 The Wells Fargo Center, Suite 1800
440 Monticello Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Divorce
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
I've represented creditors, trustees and debtors during my years of practice. In my bankruptcy practice, my greatest satisfaction comes from coaching the person who is in despair over finances to a fresh start and a more promising future. In my family practice, it's helping folks with children build new futures for those children that are as safe and nurturing as possible. Both practices require patience, knowledge and a strong ability to take many puzzle pieces scattered hither and yon and put them back together to achieve the optimum outcome - and I DO that!
Lamont Demetrius Maddox
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Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(757) 454-2045 Wells Fargo Center
440 Monticello Ave, Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Business, IP and Securities
College of William and Mary
Lamont Maddox focuses his practice on general business law matters, such as business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, finance, securities, contracts, leases, e-commerce and corporate governance. As a former business owner, Mr. Maddox understands the needs and objectives of business owners; he was president and founder of Maddox Technology, Incorporated, a computer consulting firm serving small and moderate size businesses, for over 10 years.
Michael Bruce Hamar
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Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(757) 622-2008 520 W 21st St
2nd Floor, Suite J
Norfolk, VA 23517
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of Virginia School of Law
Bar and Court Admissions: Virginia State Bar (1977) and Alabama State Bar (1977); State Bar of Texas (1981); U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1979; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1981); U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1984) Education: University of Virginia, B.A., with high distinction (1974); University of Virginia, J.D. (1977)
Diane P. Toscano
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Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 13 years experience
(757) 751-0728 440 Monticello Ave. Suite 1800
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 626-1333 208 E Plume St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Business and Maritime
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(828) 308-6445 101 W Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(757) 628-4192 300 E Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Consumer, Criminal and Environmental
SMU Dedman School of Law
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney
109 E Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and DUI
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 622-4686 256 W Freemason St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(757) 437-5501 101 W Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Criminal, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 17 years experience
(757) 628-4206 300 E Main St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Norfolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(757) 623-6500 150 Boush St
Norfolk, VA 23510
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Stephen E. Taylor
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Portsmouth, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 452-6200 355 Crawford Street
Suite 720
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Estate Planning and Elder
University of Richmond School of Law
Stephen Taylor earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law, where he served as Allen Chair Editor of the University of Richmond Law Review. He was a member of the John Marshall Inn of Court and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. Stephen's primary practice areas include Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, and litigation in support of these practice areas. Stephen is licensed to practice in Virginia and North Carolina.
William H. Oast III
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Portsmouth, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 years experience
(757) 452-6200 355 Crawford Street
Suite 720
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Bringing nearly 40 years of legal expertise to the Oast & Taylor team, Bill’s practice areas include Elder Law, Estate and Trust Administration, Estate Planning, Guardianships and Conservatorships, and Litigation.
Sandra Lee Smith
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Portsmouth, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 452-6200 355 Crawford Street
Suite 720
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Estate Planning and Elder
College of William and Mary
Coming to the Oast & Taylor team with valued legal experience, Ms. Smith adds significant skill and talent to our practice. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she offers clients exceptional legal assistance in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Asset Protection Planning, Special Needs Planning, Long-term Care Planning and Veterans Benefits Planning. Ms. Smith is a twenty year veteran of the United States Air Force. Her ongoing work with veterans in our community includes the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits...
Andrew 'Andy' Hook
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(757) 399-7506 295 Bendix Road
Suite 170
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Virginia School of Law
Andrew H. “Andy” Hook is the president of Hook Law Center, where he practices in the areas of elder law, estate and trust administration, estate, tax, retirement and financial planning, long-term care planning, asset protection planning, special needs planning, business succession planning and personal injury settlement consulting. A 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Mr. Hook is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Mr. Hook is certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law...
Dominic Paul Lascara
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Chesapeake, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 33 years experience
(757) 410-8355 652 Independence Parkway, Suite 120
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Real Estate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Dominic P. Lascara is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He graduated in 1986 from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary after receiving his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in Business Administration in 1981 from Old Dominion University. Dominic P. Lascara joined the law firm of Roy, Forehand, Laine and Dale, P.C. as an associate in the fall of 1986 after being admitted to the Virginia State Bar. He was admitted to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1987. He became a partner...
Jeffrey B Sodoma
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year experience
(757) 777-2823 111 South Thalia Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Elder
Regent University School of Law
Husband, father, and Christian. My firm handles estate planning and elder law throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Stephan J. Lipskis
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(757) 499-1841 4705 Columbus Street,
Suite 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
University of South Carolina School of Law
Mr. Lipskis is an Estate and Elder Law attorney in Poole Brooke Plumlee’s Trust & Estates Department. He is licensed to practice in all Virginia Courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs. His practice includes all facets of trusts, estate planning, estate administration, and elder law. Whether it be helping a young couple take appropriate steps for their children or protecting family wealth from potential creditors and taxation, Mr. Lipskis enjoys assisting families in understanding their planning needs. He also enjoys...
Letha Sgritta McDowell
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 399-7506 295 Bendix Road
Suite 170
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Estate Planning, Elder and Tax
University of Maine - School of Law
Letha Sgritta McDowell is an attorney with Hook Law Center who works primarily with the firm’s North Carolina clients. Her practice includes the areas of elder law, special needs planning, estate and trust administration, estate planning, asset protection planning, long-term care planning, and tax law. Ms. McDowell is a 2001 graduate of Purdue University and a 2004 graduate of the University of Maine’s School of Law.

Ms. McDowell is an Elder Law Attorney certified by the National Elder Law Foundation and Board Certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. McDowell...
Brian Damas Thoman
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 962-2334 4176 South Plaza Trail
Suite 234
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Family
Regent University School of Law, University of Strasbourg, France and Gettysburg College
Thoman Law, P.L.L.C is a boutique law firm, headed by an experienced former prosecutor, that focuses on Criminal Defense, Traffic Defense, DUI Defense, Divorce, Child Custody, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives, Adoption, Personal Injury, and General Civil Litigation cases. The mission of the firm is to provide the best possible representation and service for our CLIENTS. Great customer service, flexible office hours, and payments plans are always available. Call for a free consultation! 757-447-4090 Managing Partner, Brian Thoman began practicing law in the Hampton Roads area after earning his law degree from the Regent University School of Law in 2006....
Brian A. Boys
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(757) 636-4480 5265 Providence Road
Suite 303
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Estate Planning and Probate
University of Richmond School of Law
Brian Boys brings his professionalism and significant legal skills to his clients and our community. Brian’s primary practice areas include Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Special Needs Planning, and Personal Injury Settlement Consulting and Litigation in support of each of these areas. Brian is also qualified to serve as a guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults.
David Mark Bastiaans
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(757) 554-0242 200 Bendix Road
Suie 300
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
University of Alabama School of Law and Western New England University School of Law
Before practicing as an attorney, I worked in greater Boston, MA and in Washington, DC in certified public accounting firms and currently hold my CPA license. I joined my law firm in 1998 and have been practicing and advising business owners and individuals ever since. In 2015, I graduated from the University of Alabama with my Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Business Transactions. In 2018, I became certified as an exit planning advisor by the Exit Planning Institute to better serve and assist my business clients.

I focus my practice areas in working with business owners and their advisors...
Caryn Rivett West
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 17 years experience
(757) 453-7744 4768 EUCLID RD
Suite 103
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Washington & Lee University
Caryn was born and raised outside Buffalo, New York. Caryn’s first love and passion is reading and writing, which naturally led to a career in law. She attended the State University of New York at Geneseo, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors in Philosophy and English. From Geneseo, she moved South for warmer weather and attended Washington and Lee School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, graduating cum laude in 2002. During law school, Caryn was a member of the Editorial Board of the Washington and Lee Law Review.

Having visited her aunt...
John G. Merna
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(757) 340-4070 3623 Virginia Beach Blvd.,
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
George Mason University School of Law
Sarah J Schmidt
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Chesapeake, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 410-8066 505 Independence Pkwy, Suite 103
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
Josh Coe
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 352-2237 381 Edwin Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Estate Planning, Family, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
Josh is a tenacious attorney with extensive courtroom and business experience that brings value to his clients. He has a broad area of practice with clients throughout the country. Josh’s focus of practice in the following areas of law: civil litigation, personal injury, criminal and traffic defense, divorce and family law, wills, trusts and estate planning, landlord and tenant law, business and corporate law, intellectual property, and general practice.
Anna Drake Dunkum
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
5101 Cleveland Street
Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Tax
Elon University
Anna focuses her practice on individual consumer and business bankruptcies, tax compliance and controversy, corporate and business law, and estate planning and administration. Prior to joining Harry Jernigan CPA Attorney, P.C., Mrs. Dunkum was Staff Attorney for the Chapter 13 Trustee for the Middle District of North Carolina- Greensboro Division. Mrs. Dunkum is admitted to practice in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina and the Eastern District of Virginia as well as all courts in the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia and U.S. Tax Court. ...
Kerriel Bailey
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 961-3304 One Columbus Center
Suite 600
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Estate Planning, Appeals, Bankruptcy and Elder
Regent University
Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(757) 399-7506 295 Bendix Road
Suite 170
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Estate Planning and Elder
Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro is a Shareholder of Hook Law Center, P.C. practicing in the areas of elder law, special needs planning, estate and trust administration, estate planning, asset protection planning, financial planning, guardianships and conservatorships. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Ms. Laymon-Pecoraro handled estate planning documents for members of the United States Department of the Army and has been involved in the legal representation of several large corporations.
Rachel S. Gunther
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(757) 671-3352 4646 Princess Anne Road Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Estate Planning, Business, Consumer and Divorce
Regent University School of Law
Austin H Hale
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 497-1449 770 Independence Circle
Suite 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Estate Planning, Collections, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Harry W Jernigan III
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(757) 490-2200 5101 Cleveland St
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Tax
Harry Jernigan - Founder and CEO of Harry Jernigan CPA Attorney, PC., a dual practice of accounting and law with offices located in Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Richmond, Virginia.
Richard L. Ferris
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience
(757) 689-8668 780 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Suite 330
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Estate Planning
Ohio Northern University
I am often asked “Why don’t people seriously plan their estates?” I’ve heard many different reasons over 40 years as an Estate and Trust Planning attorney. The most common reason, I believe, is at one time or another, we tend to PROCRASTINATE. Why? Because we think that acting – doing something now – will produce more pain (and cost) than not doing anything. As I explain to clients, look at estate planning as LIVING PLANNING – just as you would plan a vacation, retirement or wedding. In fact, it is your attempt to use...
K. Page Kistler
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(757) 271-3279 909 First Colonial Road
Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
Northeastern University School of Law
Since 2000, my practice of law has focused on divorce and family law. Please contact me regarding your divorce or family law matter and I should be able to help you. My commitment is to handle your matter personally, effectively and efficiently.
Rebecca Lynne Melone
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(757) 296-0580 575 Lynnhaven Parkway
Suite 278
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Elder and Family
University of Toledo
George Gorman
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Newport News, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(757) 223-4130 744 Thimble Shoals Blvd.
Ste. B
Newport News, VA 23606
Estate Planning, Business, Construction and Probate
University of San Diego School of Law
George Gorman is a seasoned corporate attorney with substantial experience in a wide variety of legal matters. He has practiced in both state and federal courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and has also successfully handled numerous arbitrations and mediations. George has had the privilege of representing large corporations and international businesses in multi-million dollar cases as well as small companies, entrepreneurs, and other individuals facing a variety of complex legal issues. George's experience includes complex civil litigation, corporate law, wills, trusts, and estates. He has successfully represented large and...
Beth Ann R. Lawson
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 689-8668 780 Lynnhaven Parkway, Suite 330
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Estate Planning and Elder
Beth Ann R. Lawson is an attorney at Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC. She assists seniors, baby boomers and families with estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid and Veteran’s Aid and Attendance planning, special needs trusts and estate administration.

Prior to joining Carrell Blanton Ferris, Beth Ann was the principle of the Law Office of Beth Ann R. Lawson, PLLC as well as a co-founder and a former managing partner of the Virginia Beach Law Group. Prior to her legal career, Beth Ann was President of the consulting firm, Strategic Planning and Teamwork.

Beth Ann has published articles on various topics to...
Steve C. Taylor
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Chesapeake, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(757) 528-2764 133 Mt. Pleasant Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Divorce
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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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