My journey to the practice of law was not linear. I enjoyed a wonderful career in higher education before deciding to enter the practice of law. Those myriad "real world" experiences and interactions with a range of people and situations have given me the ability to creatively address client concerns. Also, typical of an educator, I care deeply that my clients understand their legal issues and options. Contemplating death, incapacity, divorce, or dealing with the unexpected death or incapacity of a loved one is difficult. Clearly, these are not only legal matters but also matters of the heart. Another distinction in my practice is that I recognize and am sensitive to this reality.
Preparation of will or trust based estate plans for individuals and families are an area of expertise, including situations in which there is concern for asset protection for beneficiaries, blended families, or a desire to minimize negative tax consequences. Planning for lesbian, gay, bi -sexual and transgendered individuals and couples is also an area of expertise.
After the loss of a loved one or their incapacity, I assist families with administration of the estate. This includes wading through court supervised administration such as probate and conservatorships as well as administration handled privately, with trusts and powers of attorney.
When people fail to create estate plans and become unable to handle their affairs, then the only option for managing their medical care and their assets is through petition to the court to become that person's guardian and conservator. I am very familiar with this procedural, legal thicket and have represented clients in both contested and uncontested guardianships and conservatorships.
My experiences outside of the office have included teaching as adjunct faculty for the Legal Skills Program at the College William & Mary. This is a two year course required of all law students in which they learn legal research, writing, and trial and appellate advocacy. I am also involved with several professional and service organizations.
I am also mother to a lovely daughter. Any few additional moments are dedicated to spending time with my daughter, friends and family. I also enjoy voice lessons (exploring primarily the musicial theatre tradition), yoga, and improv.
Licensed since 2006
Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit Card
I endorse this lawyer's work. I am an AV rated attorney by Martindale Hubbell, in practice for over 30 years. Geneva is one of the most impressive, thorough, professional and ethical attorneys that I have encountered in my career. She is a pleasure to work alongside, and always keeps her clients' best interests in the forefront.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||2006||03/11/2014|
|Adjunct Professor||College of William & Mary Law School||2007 - 2011|
|Law Clerk to Honorable Cleo E. Powell||Chesterfield County Circuit Court||2006 - 2007|
|Associate Director of Admission||Smith College||2000 - 2003|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR)||Board Member||2011 - Present|
|Peninsula Estate Planning Council||Board Member||2011 - Present|
|Peninsula Estate Planning Council||Member||2011 - Present|
|Hampton Bar Association||Member||2011 - Present|
|Newport News Bar Association||Board Member||2010 - 2011|
|Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR)||Member||2010 - Present|
|Hampton Roads Good Samaritan Fund||Board Member||2008 - 2011|
|Peninsula Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Newport News Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Virginia State Bar||Member||2006 - Present|
|William & Mary Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2006|
|University of Wyoming||Psychology||BS - Bachelor of Science||1997|
|Virginia Employees Retirement Seminar||Estate Planning||2009|