Warrenton, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

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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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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William D. Ashwell
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Warrenton, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(540) 347-6595 27 Culpeper Street
Warrenton, VA 20186
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Probate
University of Dayton School of Law
BAR ADMISSIONS
- Virginia, 2012
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia

EDUCATION
- University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio
J.D. - 2012
Honors: Moot Court - Team Member, 2010-2011
- Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia
B.A. - 2008
Major: English

REPRESENTTIVE CASES
- Shepherd v. Conde, 797 S.E.2d 750 (Va. 2017)
- Chacey v. Garvey, 781 S.E.2d 357 (Va. 2015)

CLASSES/SEMINARS
- Land Use and Zoning: Navigate Land Use/Zoning Regulations, Permitting Issues, Disputes and More; National Business Institute,...
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,...
Warrenton, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 349-4633 110 Main St
Warrenton, VA 20186
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Katherine S. Charapich
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Culpeper, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 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
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.
Jessica R Clay Esq.
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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
Kara Jenkins
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Culpeper, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(540) 825-7277 237 East Davis Street
Suite 200
Culpeper, VA 22701
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Vermont Law School
Ms. Jenkins has been practicing law in Virginia since 2008 when she was admitted to the Virginia State Bar. She is also admitted in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is experienced in various practice areas such as family law, construction law, landlord/tenant actions, estate administration, debt collection, and bankruptcy. She has appeared in Virginia juvenile and domestic relations district court, general district court, circuit court, and the Virginia Supreme Court.
Andrea Morisi
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Manassas, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 30 years experience
(703) 468-8031 9200 Church Street
Suite 202
Manassas, VA 20110
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
The George Washington University Law School
Are you looking for a Manassas estate planning attorney and wondering where you can turn to receive the help you need at this time? You have come to the right place! At Morisi Associates law firm, you can rest assured in the help you can secure from a lawyer who cares about you and wants to help you make the right decisions for your future. Attorney Andrea Morisi obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Boston College. She later went on to earn her Juris Doctorate at George Washington University National Law Center. She has been authorized to practice throughout...
Sharon R. Moss
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(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...
Christopher Todd Mays
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Manassas, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 15 years experience
(703) 665-0836 10432 Balls Ford Road
Suite 300
Manassas, VA 20109
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Probate
Christopher Mays received his BS from Virginia Tech and JD from the George Washington University Law School. Chris has received various awards for his work as a family law attorney, including recognition as a “Top Lawyer” by Northern Virginia Magazine. He has lectured at Continuing Legal Education seminars for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and local bar associations in Northern Virginia. He has also written for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and co-authored written materials for Virginia CLE (Continuing Legal Education). As an attorney, Chris focuses his practice on representing individuals and families in matters relating...
Jamie J. Sack
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Virginia Estate Planning Lawyer

The George Washington University Law SchoolMaryland, Virginia and District of Columbia
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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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Helen Marmoll
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Haymarket, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 51 years experience
(703) 754-7474 Little Haven Farm
3097 James Madison Highway
Haymarket, VA 20169
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
American University Washington College of Law
My legal practice involves both planning and litigation in my practice areas, all of which is done from Little Haven Farm, a 4-acre horse farm and my residence. Personal time is spent riding horses, working on my English gardens and playing the piano.
Patrick J. Heelen
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Culpeper, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 11 years experience
(540) 718-3198 11004 Muddy Run Lane
Culpeper, VA 22701
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Landlord Tenant and Trademarks
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Mr. Heelen attended the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law while working full-time. He brings considerable professional experience as both a successful corporate manager and former state judicial officer to his practice, which he established in 2012. Mr. Heelen's practice includes the following areas: business formation; business law; corporate law; corporate governance; contracts; trademark registration; regulatory compliance; landlord tenant; wills; and general practice. "Responsiveness and open lines of communication with my clients are hallmarks of my practice, and, in my opinion, critical to the success of any attorney client relationship. My clients don't have to contact me for...
Barbara Lloyd Kessinger
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Haymarket, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 24 years experience
(703) 753-5429 LLOYD LAW, PLLC
15033 Walking Stick Way
Haymarket, VA 20169
Estate Planning, Education and Elder
George Mason Univ School of Law
John Joseph Irving
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Manassas, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 530-9001 9001 Center St
Manassas, VA 20110
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
John Irving brings a working knowledge of all aspects of the legal process to any case or client with his extensive and eclectic legal background. In 1997, John received his undergraduate bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Shortly after graduation he began work as a fraud investigator for the City of New York. John handled thousands of cases involving welfare and housing fraud. Following this position, he was recruited to and employed the Prince William County Police Department where he exhibited his superior abilities and received several commendations and awards. After a brief time with the police department, John decided to make...
Laura Moldowan
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Gainesville, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 23 years experience
(703) 753-2305 7420 Heritage Village Plaza, Suite 101
Gainesville, VA 20155
Estate Planning and Probate
Manassas, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(703) 365-0090 9242 Center St
Manassas, VA 20110
Estate Planning, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
Manassas, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 361-8246 9255 Lee Ave
Manassas, VA 20110
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Manassas, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 369-7850 9300 Grant Ave
Manassas, VA 20110
Estate Planning and Business
Matthew Lane Kreitzer
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Winchester, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 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.
Rhonda Ann Miller
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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.
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F. Paul Maloof
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Alexandria, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(703) 684-2000 510 King Street
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Georgetown University Law Center
I give my clients personal attention and have done so for more than 40 years in Virginia and Maryland. As a partner in a well established Alexandria City law firm, I provide my clients with legal services and skills at a high quality level and at reasonable hourly rates in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County. I work with individuals, as well as small and large businesses. I advise clients who are consumers and professionals on a range of issues, specifically; fair business practices, business contract disputes, landlord and tenant law, residential real estate matters, loan documentation, commercial leases,...
Jean Galloway Ball
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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.
Matthew Joseph Yao
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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
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.
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,...
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),...
Joshua E. Bushman
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Arlington, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(703) 845-9070 2800 Shirlington Road
Suite 503
Arlington, VA 22206
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
University of Richmond School of Law
At the Bushman Law Group, our motto is simple: "Let our attorneys deal with your legal problems while you get back to what is truly important . . . the rest of your life." We know that facing a legal problem is stressful, that is why our attorneys guide you through each step of the legal process with prompt, personal service you can trust. Our goal is to build a long-term, relationship with our clients, and we want our clients to trust us with all of their legal work. To this end, we work hard on every case,...
Kerri Castellini
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(703) 259-8195 10505 Judicial Dr #103
Fairfax, VA 22030
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.
Jay Braddock Jackson
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Fredericksburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(540) 322-1928 904 Princess Anne Street
Suite 101
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
In total, I spent 35 years in the insurance industry, handling liability claims. Prior to attending law school, I worked as an insurance adjuster and in claims management at GEICO. My positions allowed me the opportunity to learn a great deal about insurance company claims operations and the difficulties that large insurance companies face as well as the biggest hurdles for people who need to make claims. My work led me to attend law school while continuing my career in insurance. Following my graduation, I moved into the position of attorney with the company. Since that time, I have defended...
Ryan A Brown
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Arlington, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 842-3025 1739 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209-2741
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Probate and Tax
George Mason University
Ryan A. Brown was born in Kansas City and raised in California. His first job in the computer industry began at the age of eleven, building and repairing personal computers for a local store in Santa Barbara, California. In 1993 he began a computer and Internet consulting firm and started the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Santa Barbara. Ryan went on to attend Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he received a BS in Computer Science with departmental and school honors and a BA in Spanish in 2000. Ryan is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Upsilon Pi Epsilon...
Joshua E Hummer
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(540) 931-7078 2654 Valley Ave
Suite B
Winchester, VA 22601
Winchester, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 14 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....
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...
Mr. Kia Brian Kondori
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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...
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.
C. Douglas Welty
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Arlington, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(703) 276-0114 2300 Wilson Boulevard - Suite 240
Arlington, VA 22201
Estate Planning, Probate and Trademarks
University of Virginia
I practice in Northern Virginia (including Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Prince William, and Loudoun Counties) exclusively in the areas of estate planning; wills, trusts & estates (including probate and trust administration); estate and gift taxation; wealth preservation and asset protection; and family business law. For more information, please contact me or visit my website, weltyblair.com.
Sammid Joseph Mansoor
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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...
Evan Harris Farr
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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.
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Prince William, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
4310 Prince William Pkwy.
Suite 300
Prince William, VA 22192
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...
Kathleen M. Stotish Esq.
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Falls Church, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 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,...
Ryan Andrew Brown
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Arlington, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 842-3025 1739 Clarendon Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22209-2741
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business and Tax
George Mason University
Attorney with emphasis in start-up and venture business law, small business law, taxation, wills, trusts and estate planning. Computer Scientist with extensive experience in web based application development, databases, data mining, information retrieval and distributed systems. I enjoy working with small and start-up technology businesses and advising them both on technology and law, where appropriate.
C. Douglas Welty
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Arlington, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 36 years experience
(703) 276-0114 2300 Wilson Blvd - Ste 240
Arlington, VA 22201
Estate Planning and Business
University of Virginia School of Law
C. Douglas Welty, a full-time trusts & estates attorney, is certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist by the Estate Law Specialist Board, an autonomous body accredited by the American Bar Association and affiliated with the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils. He was the first estate planning attorney in Northern Virginia to earn such certification.

Doug Welty also holds the multidisciplinary Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) designation, which is conferred by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils upon both estate planning attorneys and highly experienced non-attorney estate planning professionals (such as certified public accountants, financial planners, insurance specialists,...
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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.

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