Williamsburg, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

Richard L. Ferris
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Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 50 years experience
(757) 220-8114 460 McLaws Circle, Suite 200
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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...
Michael G. Montgomery
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Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 220-8114 460 McLaws Cir.
Ste. 200
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
Michael G. Montgomery is a Principal at Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC who has practiced law in Virginia since 1996. Mike has represented a range of individual and corporate clients in practice areas such as wills and trusts, probate and estate administration, commercial and general business transactions, corporate formation, mergers, acquisitions and sales, dissolutions, commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation, including landlord-tenant matters and title disputes, civil litigation and administrative (state agency) matters, bankruptcy and other general civil matters. He has been able to bring value to clients by using often overlapping experiences in these areas to...
H. Van Smith
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Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 941-4298 123 Bulifants Boulevard
Suite 1
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
Van Smith focuses his practice on family law and estate planning, including divorce, custody and support matters. He is the sole owner of SMITH | STRONG, PLC, with offices in Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia. Van’s family law practice resolves complex divorce, related tax and business issues, custody and support plans, property distribution, integrated solutions for wealth preservation and management post-separation, civil litigation, defense of juvenile and domestic relations court criminal matters, and estate planning. He also practices elder law, assisting families with planning effectively for nursing home costs. We recognize many of our family law clients are in...
Rhiannon M. Hartman
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Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 220-8114 460 McLaws Cir.
Ste. 200
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
Rhiannon Hartman focuses her practice on estate and business planning . She enjoys assisting clients in the event of life changes of every kind, including for their children’s or grandchildren’s futures, or upon the death of incapacity of a loved one.

She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and graduated cum laude from the University of Richmond School of Law. While in law school, Rhiannon was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board and the Career Services Advisory Board. She also served as a Manuscripts Editor of the Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest.
Trey T. Parker
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Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 220-8114 460 McLaws Cir.
Ste. 200
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
Elizabeth Barefoot Vinson
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Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 258-0362 1311 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
University of Richmond School of Law
Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 27 years experience
(757) 229-5510 115 Bulifants Blvd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 40 years experience
(757) 345-3312 106 Eltham
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Ventura COL
Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 27 years experience
(757) 229-5510 115 Bulifants Blvd
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Estate Planning
Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 220-9800 1100 Professional Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 969-1900 461 McLaws Circle Suite 2
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
Williamsburg, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 220-9800 1100 Professional Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Estate Planning
Samantha Bohannon
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West Point, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(804) 843-3656 704 Main Street
West Point, VA 23181
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Appalachian School of Law
Samantha Bohannon focuses her practice in the areas of Criminal Law, DUI, Traffic Violations, and Family Law. Before opening her own firm, Mrs. Bohannon served as a Magistrate for Region Six, which includes Richmond, Henrico, New Kent, Williamsburg, York/Poquoson, James City, Gloucester, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen, King William, West Point and Charles City. Mrs. Bohannon's prestigious position has given her a unique understanding on probable cause and common errors law enforcement officers typically make. Often times law enforcement has more than enough evidence to convict you, but that doesn't mean you're guilty. Not only is it the...
Derek A. Davis
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Surry, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 6 years experience
(757) 778-7256 308 Bank Street
P.O. Box 456
Surry, VA 23883
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Landlord Tenant and Traffic Tickets
Florida Coastal School of Law
Rob Elliott
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Yorktown, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 898-4805 7100 George Washington Memorial Highway
Building B, Suite 9
Yorktown, VA 23692
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Probate and Traffic Tickets
Regent University School of Law
You're never too young or too old to start thinking about the legacy you will leave behind. Estate planning is necessary for the very young and the very old. It's necessary for those with many assets, and those with few. It's necessary for single people and married couples, with kids and without. Too many people think estate planning is for "someone else." But the reality is that estate planning is for everyone. It's not about your death, it's about the lives of those you love. We use a unique life-stage approach to estate planning; we consider your needs...
Newport News, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 595-0123 12610 Patrick Henry Dr
Newport News, VA 23602
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and DUI
Newport News, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 873-7700 606 Thimble Shoals Blvd
Newport News, VA 23606
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
Newport News, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 873-9425 12350 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23602
Estate Planning and Tax
Newport News, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(757) 223-4500 12350 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA 23602
Estate Planning, Products Liability and Workers' Comp
Andrew 'Andy' Hook
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Suffolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 45 years experience
(757) 399-7506 5806 Harbour View Blvd.
Suite 203
Suffolk, VA 23435
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...
Susan Donner
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Suffolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(757) 539-7272 424 Market Street
Suite 202
Suffolk, VA 23434
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce and Family
George Mason University School of Law
Are you looking for an attorney that will understand not only the legal aspects of divorce, but the emotional and financial implications of divorce? At the law firm of Susan E. Donner, I work hard to be approachable. Divorce work can be contentious, but I emphasize the compassionate side of divorce representation. I care about the emotional impact of divorce and work with my clients to bring about the result that is in the best interests of their family and their relationship with their children.Divorce is emotionally draining, especially when children are involved.The decisions you...
Britney McPheron
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Ashland, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 5 years experience
9410 Atlee Commerce Boulevard, Suite 2
Ashland, VA 23005
Estate Planning, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
I represent clients primarily in Family Law matters such as divorce, custody, visitation, spousal and child support, protective orders and the drafting of property settlement agreements.

Having witnessed my own parents’ divorce in my late teens, I have a unique perspective and experience that I am able to provide to my clients. I enjoy being able to counsel them through tough life transitions. Family law issues are some of the most difficult legal issues a person can face and I believe that it is important to treat every person and situation with respect. I am able to listen to my clients...
Mr. A. Conrad Bareford III
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Mathews, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 10 years experience
(804) 725-2149 32 Court Street
Box 5
Mathews, VA 23109
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
Regent University School of Law
I came to the Mathews/Gloucester area after practicing in Hampton. My focus is state litigation, trusts, deeds, wills, and estate planning and administration.

I am on the Board of Directors of HeadStart, am a current or former officer with the Lions Charity Foundation and Middle Peninsula Bar Association. Also a member of the Mathews Ruritans.

I volunteer time and resources for most community functions.
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...
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...
K. Page Kistler
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Virginia Beach, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 21 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.
Trent Powell
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(804) 477-1720 1801 Bayberry Court
Suite 203
Richmond, VA 23226
Richmond, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
Estate Planning and Immigration
University of Richmond School of Law
I am an immigration attorney in Richmond, Virginia and a partner at the firm Tingen & Williams. I've lived in Richmond since moving here in the fifth grade, and I'm devoted to helping my local community with all of their legal problems.

I graduated from James Madison University in 2007 and received my J.D. from the University of Richmond school of law in 2010.

I primarily work on immigration and naturalization cases, but I also have experience in wills, estates, and other forms of contract law.
Rudolph Glen Morgan
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Chesterfield, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 36 years experience
(804) 748-3363 9830 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Estate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
R. Glen Morgan Attorney, PLC is a Chesterfield law firm specializing in Divorce, Custody and Visitation, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Criminal, and Business law.

Glen is a lifelong resident of Chesterfield County. He has practiced law in the Commonwealth of Virginia since he graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1983. Glen graduated from Randolph Macon College in 1974 with Honors and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Prior to attending law school, Glen was a high school teacher and coach in Chesterfield County from 1975 to 1980....
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....
Letha Sgritta McDowell
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Suffolk, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(757) 399-7506 5806 Harbour View Blvd.
Suite 203
Suffolk, VA 23435
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...
Cassie L. Baudean Esq
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Mechanicsville, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(804) 447-0146 8500 Bell Creek Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Employment and Family
University of Richmond School of Law
Raised in Hanover, Virginia, Cassie completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in two years, majoring in both international studies and political science. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from University of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law. Prior to establishing Baudean Law, Cassie clerked for the Honorable judges of Hanover Circuit Court, working closely with the judges and attorneys on a wide variety of legal issues. Cassie has dedicated her work towards helping clients navigate the legal process for a variety of situations. The majority of Cassie's practice is family law, including...
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.
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!
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)
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.
Paul T Ranney Jr
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Chesterfield, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(804) 212-5252 10100 Iron Bridge Road
Suite 102
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Free ConsultationEstate Planning and Probate
University of Richmond School of Law
Paul spends his time preparing estate planning documents and helping his clients probate estates. He specializes in accommodating clients' busy schedules in working on their cases, with evening and weekend appointments available.
Sharon B Ten
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Ashland, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(804) 755-7599 9410 Atlee Commerce Blvd., Suite 2
Ashland, VA 23005
Estate Planning and Probate
University of Richmond School of Law
William H. Oast III
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Portsmouth, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 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.
Dorothy Gail Holstrom
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Richmond, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(804) 592-0848 2520 Professional Road, Ste. B
Richmond, VA 23235
Estate Planning, Family, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of Richmond School of Law
Gail Holstrom was born and raised in the Richmond area, graduating from Lee Davis High school in 1981. After high school, Gail enlisted in the United States Air Force and later returned to the Richmond area to get her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Gail graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law in 2001. Prior to forming her own firm, Gail clerked for Robert S. Carter, P.C. while in law school and worked for Tuck & Associates, PLC as an associate attorney. During her free time. Gail enjoys running and is a member of...
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Planning your estate?

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

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


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.

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