John Laster is a lawyer licensed to practice in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He limits his practice to wealth transfer planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare decision issues, estate administration, estate taxes, elder law, and disability concerns.
An AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review RatedSM attorney by Martindale-Hubbell®, John is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Super Lawyers.
He is an adjunct professor in Aging and the Law at Georgetown University Law School. He is also a frequent speaker for both lay and professional groups. A member of the D.C. Estate Planning Council, John has lectured for many institutions, government agencies, civic organizations, and professional associations. He annually teaches lawyers about planning for incapacity at a D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education program. In addition, he has served as chair of the Committee on Special Needs Trusts and Long Term Care of the American Bar Association Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a charter member of the Academy for Special Needs Planning.
For more than 25 years, his clients have included seniors with grandchildren, "sandwich generation" caregivers, young parents with newborns, couples whose adult child has significant disabilities, individuals in non-traditional relationships, and single people. Some of his clients possess great material wealth; others do not. Some are motivated to preserve assets in a challenging wealth transfer tax environment. Others are primarily concerned with safeguarding the well-being of their dependents. Still others focus their energy on improving life on this planet through charitable means. All of his clients are united in having chosen to improve the future for someone other than themselves.
He participated in the 1994 Fordham University invitational conference to clarify ethical issues that arise in connection with representing seniors and the 2001 Stetson University invitational Wingspan conference to revisit issues of guardianship reform.
John serves on the board of directors of Community Living Alternatives, Inc., a Northern Virginia organization that serves the needs of persons with disabilities.
John graduated from Oberlin College and Catholic University. He is married to Barbara Laster, a reading professor. Together, they live in Northern Virginia with assorted family members—some who live there and some who just come to visit!
Licensed since 1979
Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1995||03/11/2014|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|They Know Money 2012: Top Estate Attorneys||Washingtonian Magazine||2012|
|Virginia Super Lawyer||Virginia Super Lawyers||2010|
|Virginia Super Lawyer||Virginia Super Lawyers||2009|
|Virginia Super Lawyer||Virginia Super Lawyers||2008|
|Best Lawyers in America||Best Lawyers in America||N/A|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Adjunct Professor||Georgetown University School Of Law||2009 - Present|
|Principal Attorney||Law Offices of John L. Laster||1995 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Academy of Special Needs Planners||Charter Member||2006 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Founding Member||1987 - Present|
|Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||N/A|
|D.C. Estate Planning Council||Member||N/A|
|Virginia Lawyers Weekly||Interplay of Spousal Support, Medicaid an Issue to Remember||2011|
|Virginia Lawyers Weekly||A Few of the Challenges in Using Powers of Attorney in an Elder Law Practice||2011|
|Senior Lawyer||COBRA Bites Medicaid Qualifying Trusts: Is It Fatal?||1987|
|Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law||N/A||J.D.||1979|
|Aging Backward, Moving Forward||Choosing a Fiduciary||2013|
|Trusts 101||Trusts Used for Tax Reduction||2012|
|Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care||Ethical Considerations When Representing the Elderly Client||2011|
|Frequent speaker for Continuing Legal Education seminars and retirement planning seminars||Estate Planning, Incapacity Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Law||2011|
|Estate Planning and Recovery for Elderly Clients||Plan for Your Client's Incapacity||2010|