Sterling, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

Matthew Joseph Yao
PREMIUM

Virginia Estate Planning Lawyer

My philosophy as a lawyer is to establish a strong attorney-client relationship. My goal is to connect with each client and deliver quality work, personalized service, and exceptional value. As your counselor and... Read More »
View Profile
Stacy Costello
PREMIUM

Virginia Estate Planning Attorney with 30 years experience

American University Washington College of LawMaryland, District of Columbia and Virginia
View Profile
Christopher T. Craig
PREMIUM

Virginia Estate Planning Attorney with 26 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 »
View Profile
Sterling, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(410) 280-1400 47539 Coldspring Place
Sterling, VA 20165
Estate Planning and Business
Sammid Joseph Mansoor
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Leesburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 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...
Sachin Kori
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Herndon, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 435-0043 761C Monroe Street, Suite 100
Herndon, VA 20170
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Juvenile
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Robert Feisee
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Ashburn, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 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...
Wayne M. Zell
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Reston, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 34 years experience
(703) 879-0050 1818 Library St., S. 500
Reston, VA 20190
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Wayne M. Zell, Esq. is the founder of Zell Law. He has spent his legal, public accounting and business advisory career counseling clients in a broad range of industries, including technology companies of all types and investor groups, as well as non-profit organizations. His clients also include for-profit and non-profit executives, service providers and high-net worth individuals.

Mr. Zell has extensive experience in representing clients in complex estate planning and business planning matters. In estate planning matters, Mr. Zell routinely advises clients in structuring and preparing intricate revocable and irrevocable trusts, basic estate planning (i.w., wills, medical directives and powers...
Priti Khanna
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Reston, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
12110 Sunset Hills Road
Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190
Estate Planning, Family, Immigration and Probate
Priti founded Khanna Law in 2015 after moving to Virginia from Atlanta, Georgia, where she practiced family law, immigration law, and bankruptcy law. Priti’s primary fields of practice are family law, divorce and immigration law and she regularly handles complex custody, divorce, child support and family related immigration cases.

Priti decided to pursue a career in law in order to join a profession where she could directly and positively impact people and their lives. During law school Priti worked with various non-profit legal organizations assisting victims of domestic violence and immigrants with their legal issues. After graduating from law school Priti...
Rebecca Lynne Melone
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Reston, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(703) 995-9900 12110 Sunset Hills Road
Suite 600
Reston, VA 20190
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Elder and Family
University of Toledo
Robert B. Walker
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Reston, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(703) 437-5128 1810 Michael Faraday Dr.
Suite 100
Reston, VA 20190
Estate Planning
Jared A. Kartchner
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Reston, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 years experience
(703) 574-0425 PO Box 3307
Reston, VA 20195
Estate Planning and Business
University of Utah
Maryann C. Conner
Claimed Lawyer Profile
PURCELLVILLE, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(540) 751-0960 140 N. Hatcher Avenue
PURCELLVILLE, VA 20132
Estate Planning, Business and Elder
James M. Sack
PREMIUM

Virginia Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience

Boston University School of Law and Georgetown University Law CenterDistrict of Columbia and Virginia
View Profile
Jamie J. Sack
PREMIUM

Virginia Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience

The George Washington University Law SchoolMaryland, Virginia and District of Columbia
View Profile
Scott Dondershine
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Reston, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(703) 264-2220 2100 Reston Parkway
Suite 370
Reston, VA 20191
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Scott is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and began his career in public accounting for a big five CPA firm. Scott's accounting background enables him to grasp tax and financial issues that are important in structuring transactions, ensuring that business as well as legal goals are met and that tax-reduction strategies are maximized and not overlooked. Scott has published several articles covering a variety of business, tax and estate planning issues, in addition to speaking on a variety of topics. His...
Mr. Yama Shansab
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Reston, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 22 years experience
(703) 860-8520 12007 Sunrise Valley Drive
Suite 140
Reston, VA 20191
Estate Planning, Appeals, Business and Employment
Matthew Joseph Yao
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII GoldSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 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
My philosophy as a lawyer is to establish a strong attorney-client relationship. My goal is to connect with each client and deliver quality work, personalized service, and exceptional value. As your counselor and representative, you can be confident that everything possible will be done to protect your rights.

You will receive individual attention through every part of the legal process in order to achieve your goals quickly and efficiently. Please contact me to discuss your legal issues, strategies, and solutions in a straightforward and collaborative manner.

I am currently located in Fairfax, Virginia and serve the Northern Virginia area....
Sheri Abrams
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
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),...
Richard Sternberg
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(202) 530-0100 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,...
Rhonda Ann Miller
Claimed Lawyer ProfileBlawgsearch
Vienna, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(703) 442-3890 8300 Boone Blvd. Suite 550
Vienna, VA 22182
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Probate and Tax
Loyola Law School
Rhonda Miller is a partner with Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig, PLLC, working out of their Vienna, Leesburg and Pasadena offices where she concentrates on sophisticated estate planning including special needs trusts, asset protection trusts, spousal lifetime access trusts, charitable remainder trust, qualified small business trusts and other trust used to minimize or eliminate capital gains and estate tax. In addition, she focuses on administering large and complex estates including litigation with respect to those estates and correcting documents to optimize tax efficiencies.
...
Jean Galloway Ball
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 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.
Wojtek P Wilczynski
Claimed Lawyer Profile
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.
James McMurray Johnson
Claimed Lawyer Profile
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.
Mr. Kia Brian Kondori
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 5 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...
Evan Harris Farr
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 32 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 E McWilliams Jr.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Leesburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
One East Market Street
Third Floor
Leesburg, VA 20176
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...
Charles W. Hazelwood Jr.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Burke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 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...
Loretta Morris Williams
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 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
Eugene Sim
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
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...
Sharon R. Moss
Claimed Lawyer ProfileQ&A
Manassas, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(703) 335-9390 9324 Main Street
Manassas, VA 20110
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Sharon Moss is an associate at Farrell & Croft, P.C. practicing family law and estate planning. She is experienced in handling every type of family law matter in Virginia, including separation, divorce, custody and support cases. In her estate planning practice, Ms. Moss drafts wills, trusts, advance medical directives, living wills, and powers of attorney.

A native Virginian, Ms. Moss is a military spouse, and has lived in many states over the last 16 years. She graduated cum laude in the top 20% of her class from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of...
Kathleen M. Stotish Esq.
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Falls Church, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(703) 237-1200 201 Park Washington Ct
1st Floor
Falls Church, VA 22046
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
American University Washington College of Law
Kathleen Marie Stotish was born and raised in central New Jersey, and has called northern Virginia "home" for nearly a decade. She focuses her practice on business transactions and commercial litigation, and also works in the areas of collections/creditors' rights law, and family law. Ms. Stotish has also been certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Guardian Ad Litem for Incapacitated Adults. Ms. Stotish graduated cum laude from the Washington College of Law at American University in 2012. During law school, Ms. Stotish worked as a Law Clerk with the Law Offices of Jonathan Gelber,...
Jamie J. Sack
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII SilverSocial Media
McLean, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 10 years experience
(703) 883-0102 8270 Greensboro Dr
#810
McLean, VA 22102
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
The George Washington University Law School
Kerri Castellini
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
(703) 592-8375 20 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176
Leesburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
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.
Ms. Alvi Aggarwal
Claimed Lawyer ProfileBlawgsearchSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 9 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
Mary Ellen
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 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...
Christopher T. Craig
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII GoldSocial Media
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 26 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...
Honiyeh Sarpand
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(703) 385-2080 4085 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 401
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Collections and Immigration
Craig E Buck
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 years experience
(571) 765-6210 Suite 600
Fairfax, VA 22031
Estate Planning and Real Estate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Private practice with experience in Real Estate and Estate Planning. Have conducted or supervised roughly 35,000 real estate closings.
Jessica R Clay Esq.
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Gainesville, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 754-0503 7430 Heritage Village Plaza
Suite 202
Gainesville, VA 20155
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy and Criminal
University of Baltimore School of Law
James M. Sack
Claimed Lawyer ProfileLII Silver
McLean, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(703) 883-0102 8270 Greensboro Dr
#810
McLean, VA 22102
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
Boston University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center
Stanley E. Majors
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
McLean, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 45 years experience
(703) 442-4160 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102-3030
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
The George Washington University Law School and William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Autumn D. McCullogh
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 16 years experience
(703) 273-2288 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning
University of San Diego School of Law
Autumn D. McCullogh is admitted to practice in Virginia and California and is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Loudoun County Bar Association and the Fairfax County Bar Association. Her practice focuses on business litigation, and sophisticated business and estate planning transactions including advising and assisting companies with formation, structuring, and capital campaigns as well as third party contracts, negotiations and exit strategies.
Charles W. Hazelwood III
Claimed Lawyer ProfileSocial Media
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...
Deborah Nelson Arthur
Claimed Lawyer Profile
Annandale, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(703) 658-6050 5031 Backlick Road
Annandale, VA 22003
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Elder
George Mason University School of Law
Deborah N. Arthur has built a long-standing reputation in the Fairfax County, Virginia community for being an attorney with a drive for success. Earning her B.S. in Business Administration from George Mason University in 1977, she continued her education, earning her J.D. from George Mason University in 1982, after spending two years at the Department of Justice. Since then, she has assisted those in need of legal representation in matters concerning divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury, family law, and estate matters. So, what separates Mrs. Arthur from the crowd?
She understands that bad things sometimes happen to good people. That's why she...
Lawyer Rating
Years of Experience
Language
Fees
Profile Strength
Estate Planning Lawyers in Nearby CitiesEstate Planning Lawyers in Nearby Counties

Related Practice Areas

Elder Law
Probate
Tax Law

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.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.