Woodbridge, Virginia Estate Planning Lawyers

Stacy Costello
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Virginia Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience

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

Mr. Craig is a partner in the Law Firm of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Previously he was a partner in the firm, Sparks & Craig, LLP after serving 10 years as an associate attorney in the predecessor law firm... Read More »
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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...
James McMurray Johnson
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Woodbridge, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(703) 670-0761 13478 Minnieville Rd
Suite 204
Woodbridge, VA 22192
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.
Lisa Mathews
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Woodbridge, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 520-3206 13000 Harbor Center Drive
Ste. 356
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal and Divorce
George Mason University School of Law
Lisa Mathews is a licensed attorney serving clients throughout northern Virginia in the areas of estate planning, criminal defense, and divorce.

Please call 703-520-3206 for an appointment.

Lisa graduated cum laude from George Mason Law School where she served as Articles Editor for George Mason Law Review. During law school, Lisa interned for the Department of Justice – Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Division and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Office of Senator Hatch. She also participated in the Mason Veteran and Servicemember Clinic and the Supreme Court Legal Clinic. And, she interned for Judge Contreras on the U.S. District Court...
Ms. Amy Estes McCullough
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Woodbridge, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 494-7171 12610 Lake Ridge Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Estate Planning
Woodbridge, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
3441 Commission Ct
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Charles W. Hazelwood III
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Burke, VA Estate Planning Lawyer
(703) 455-5160 9245 Old Keene Mill Road Suite 200
Burke, VA 22015
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Probate and Real Estate
University of Richmond School of Law
I am licensed to practice law in the commonwealth of Virginia. I am a native Virginian and I attended high school at Lake Braddock. I graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina where I earned a bachelor’s degree majoring in criminal justice. I then graduated from the University of Richmond School of Law. During law school, I interned with the IRS and prosecuted cases at the New Kent County Commonwealth’s Attorney office. Since graduating and becoming licensed, I have focused on estate planning and criminal/traffic defense. My passion for defending and helping his clients has allowed him to...
Charles W. Hazelwood Jr.
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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...
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),...
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 41 years experience
(703) 591-4900 10511 Judicial Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
The George Washington University Law School
Jean Galloway Ball is certified in Elder Law by the National Elder Law Foundation. She does life care and estate planning: preparing powers of attorney, Wills and Trusts for seniors and their families. She assists families with planning for disabled adult children. She advises on families on planning for long term care expenses. She is a recognized litigator in the area of fiduciary litigation including guardianship, Will contests, trust administration, claims against estates, accounts from fiduciaries, undue influence and financial exploitation.
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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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,...
Rhonda Ann Miller
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Vienna, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 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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Matthew Joseph Yao
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(703) 828-5299 10615 Judicial Drive, Suite 102
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder, Family and Immigration
University of Virginia School of Law
I am located in Fairfax, Virginia and serve the Northern Virginia area. My practice focuses primarily on Juvenile and Family Law, Immigration Law, and Elder Law.
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
Mary Ellen
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 26 years experience
(703) 896-7945 4000 Legato Road
11th Floor
Fairfax, VA 22033
Estate Planning
American University Washington College of Law
Mary Ellen Lench is the principal of M.E. Lench, P.C., and her practice is concentrated in estate and trust administration and business planning. Mary Ellen has been in practice for more than 18 years, representing clients in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area, and she focuses on personal service to her clients. She has been teaching estate planning classes through Loudoun County Adult Education for the past eight years and was recently voted among the Legal Elite for Trust/Estate/Elder Law Attorneys by Virginia Business Magazine. Mary Ellen received her J.D. from American University, cum laude, and was Editor of the Law Review. Following...
Foster Friedman
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Alexandria, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 31 years experience
(703) 836-9030 616 N Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Estate Planning and Probate
Boston University School of Law
Foster Friedman concentrates on planning and controversy matters involving estate and trusts. He has extensive experience advising clients on the transfer of wealth from one generation to another, including the orderly and tax-efficient succession of family-owned businesses, through the preparation and implementation of Wills, Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies.

Mr. Friedman serves individual clients who seek to transfer assets efficiently to their chosen beneficiaries. As a part of our estate planning services, we also consider the impact of federal income, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes on the transmission of wealth. We often help our clients achieve tax...
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...
Jamie J. Sack
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McLean, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 883-0102 8270 Greensboro Dr
#810
McLean, VA 22102
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
The George Washington University Law School
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.
Gretchyn Gay Meinken
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Alexandria, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(703) 836-9030 616 N Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Estate Planning and Probate
George Mason University School of Law
Gretchyn Meinken grew up in a U.S. Army family, living in Germany for the majority of her childhood. She moved to the Washington, D.C. Metro area after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alabama in 2000. Ms. Meinken now calls Alexandria, Virginia home after residing here since 2001 (her longest stint in any one place).

Ms. Meinken focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, as well as general corporate law and taxation. She represents individuals, estates, trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.
Jerad R. Tomac
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(703) 934-1110 11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Loretta Morris Williams
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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
Christopher T. Craig
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(703) 865-7480 3050 Chain Bridge Rd
#200
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Business and Employment
George Mason University School of Law
Mr. Craig is a partner in the Law Firm of Cook Craig & Francuzenko, PLLC. Previously he was a partner in the firm, Sparks & Craig, LLP after serving 10 years as an associate attorney in the predecessor law firm of Herge, Sparks & Christopher from 1995-2004.

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

Mr. Craig represents companies, corporations, partnerships and individuals in business, contract law, intellectual property, and a wide range of other practice areas to include estate/trust planning and administration, election...
James M. Sack
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McLean, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 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
John James Good
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Stafford, VA Estate Planning Attorney
(540) 659-4890 800 Corporate Drive
Suite 301
Stafford, VA 22554
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Family, Landlord Tenant and Probate
California Western School of Law
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.
Brenton D. Vincenzes
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 7 years experience
(888) 695-6565 11325 Random Hills Rd.
#360
Fairfax, VA 22030
Estate Planning, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Brenton D. Vincenzes, Virginia criminal lawyer and estate planning attorney, is founder of Vincenzes Law, PLLC, and leads the Vincenzes Law team. I serve to protect the rights of those facing the criminal justice system in Northern Virginia. Young, old, affluent, indigent, or somewhere in between. My firm also offers estate planning services, including wills, trusts, and unique planning solutions.
Anusce Sanai
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Alexandria, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 9 years experience
(703) 518-4332 2121 Eisenhower Avenue
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Immigration
New England Law | Boston
Anusce Sanai was born in Lucca, Italy. She moved to the United States in 2001, where she completed both her undergraduate studies and her law degree. Over the past four years, Attorney Sanai has gained experience in both criminal and civil areas of the law, including family law, immigration law, and criminal law. She has helped clients in a variety of matters, acquiring efficient strategy to achieve the best results for the client. In addition, Attorney Sanai’s successful clerkship provided her with invaluable understanding of courtroom practices and procedures. During her academic career, she was also Associate Editor...
Jared A. Kartchner
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Reston, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(703) 574-0425 PO Box 3307
Reston, VA 20195
Estate Planning and Business
University of Utah
Stanley E. Majors
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McLean, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 44 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
Ms. Alvi Aggarwal
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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
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
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...
Mr. J. Michael Slocum
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SPRINGFIELD, VA Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
6225 Brandon Ave.
Suite 310
SPRINGFIELD, VA 22150
Estate Planning, Administrative, Health Care and Probate
The George Washington University Law School
Mr. Slocum is the senior member of the law firm of Slocum & Boddie, P.C., specializing in contract law, corporate issues, federal procurement and grant law, and executive estate planning. He has more than thirty years of experience and has represented hundreds of small businesses, universities, non-profit organizations, and even agencies of the federal Government. In addition, he has advised and trained universities, federal agencies and private businesses on management, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiation, price and cost issues, contract administration, export controls, ethics and other topics.
Sharon R. Moss
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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...
Honiyeh Sarpand
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Fairfax, VA Estate Planning Attorney with 4 years experience
(703) 385-2080 4085 Chain Bridge Road
Suite 401
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Collections and Immigration
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...
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