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Richard John Ruddy Jr.

Estate planning Attorney at Fairfax, VA

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 46 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 45 years
  • Licensed for 46 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1977
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1978
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

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We have represented clients across Virginia and beyond for many years. From starting a business, growing a business, and selling a business, to helping the owners, their families and others with planning and implementing the disposition of their estate, to guiding families through probate or the administration of an estate or trust, it has been and continues to be a pleasure to serve each of our clients.

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10427 North Street, Suite 200
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10427 North St Ste 200
Fairfax, VA, 22030-2592
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Posted by Nicole | April 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A True Pro for New Executors and Trustees
Mr. Ruddy graciously helped me to manage my mother's affairs just after she died unexpectedly--barely five months after my father's passing. There were so many hurdles to clear and details to handle. Mr. Ruddy was there at every turn with sound advice and a kind demeanor. If you are ever in need of someone to help you through the thicket of serving as an executor or trustee, here is your best bet.
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Posted by Lawrence | September 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust, Will and Probate
My sister and her husband were going through a divorce when she passed away in November 2014 after a long illness. Approximately one year prior to her death, she hired Mr. Ruddy to set up a written trust agreement for her two boys, as well as, her last will. Mr. Ruddy, while preparing and doing background work for the written trust agreement, came across a joint trust created by my sister and her husband. This written trust agreement conveyed, among other things, title to the family residence to this joint trust for the benefit of each of them "as tenants by the entirety with the full right of survivorship as at common law, or their successor beneficiaries in trust". Upon my sister's death, her husband became the sole trust of the joint trust. Mr. Ruddy informed my sister that his interpretation of their joint trust revealed some very unusual and rare circumstances whereby she could exercise a power to cause a right of conveyance of all property in this joint trust to her probate estate, including the family residence. And then Mr. Ruddy explained that he could set up the terms of her will to allow such property to pass my sister's trust. This was truly welcomed and wonderful news for my sister who was battling serious health and divorce issues at the time. Mr. Ruddy graciously stayed on this case after my sister's passing and had to deal with her siblings (one who lived in the same Virginia area and two who were out of state - Georgia and California). Despite these logistical and time differences, Mr. Ruddy worked tirelessly with us (via conference calls and e-mails) in trying to meet the wishes of my sister and at the same time not trying to tear apart the families involved for the sake of the boys. On April 21. 2016, almost one and a half years after my sister's death, a settlement agreement was signed which required her husband to set up an irrevocable trust for the benefit of the boys in exchange for conveyance of title to the family residence and all other tangible property identified in the joint trust created by my sister and her husband. All three siblings greatly appreciated the time, effort and compassion that was put into this venture by Mr. Ruddy and we will be eternally grateful. We would highly recommend Mr. Ruddy should you need a lawyer.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-425 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Ruddy Law Firm, A Professional Corporation
  • 2002 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Putbrese, Hunsaker & Ruddy
  • 1982 - 2002


  • College of Financial Planning
  • CFP
  • 1985
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M Tax
  • 1980
  • University of Richmond School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Saint Vincent College
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1974
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  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Cardinal Basketball Officials Association
  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • Cardinal Basketball Officials Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Institute of Certified Financial Planners
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Past-President
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • President
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Virginia State Bar - 5th District Disciplinary Committee
  • Chair
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Virginia State Bar - 5th District Disciplinary Committe
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1990

Speaking Engagements

  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • "Administering the Estate Effectively"
  • 2012
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • "Closing the Estate""
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Probate Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a great attorney who is super knowledgable and dedicated to his clients' needs. I have had the pleasure of attending his Probate CLE courses - which he excels at. A great asset to the legal community here in Virginia."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"My firm engaged Richard's assistance to help a dying client and to make sure the client's final wishes were carried out precisely as he wanted. Richard worked on an expedited basis to set up an advanced healthcare directive, a living will, power of attorney, deed of gift and a Last Will and Testament for the client. He met at the client's home within 48 hours of my reaching out to him. He made sure that everything went smoothly and the client fully understood every detail. I am grateful that I have Richard as a resource."
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