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Kyle G. Manikas

Estate planning Attorney at Fairfax, VA

4.9   98 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 18 years
    New York - NY 22 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 21 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Kyle

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I am an attorney primarily focused on helping families in Virginia navigate the world of estate planning and elder law. With over 20 years of legal experience, I have been honored to represent individuals, businesses, and our wonderful community in a wide range of legal matters. Most recently, I had the privilege of serving as the Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County, a jurisdiction of around 1.2 million people. I have been named to SuperLawyers and I am Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell.

Having spent years representing clients in litigation, I understand the most valuable service a lawyer can provide is keeping their clients out of court. The court process is long, it is extremely expensive, and it is very stressful for clients. Moreover, regardless of an attorney’s talent, court outcomes are highly unpredictable given that human beings are involved in the decision-making process.

In some legal areas, such as criminal law, the case almost always starts with a court filing so avoiding court is not possible. However, with estate planning, avoiding court is entirely possible with proactive planning. Moreover, the cost savings and other benefits of avoiding court and probate are substantial – greatly exceeding the expense of planning.

As a parent myself, I understand the concerns that many people with young children share. Questions like, "What will the court do with my children if something happens to me today?" or "What other decisions will the court make for my family if I don't plan ahead?" or “What will happen to me and my affairs if I become incapacitated in an auto accident or have a medical emergency?” weigh heavily on the minds of parents. I'm here to help address these concerns and plan accordingly.

I also recognize that for those that are more senior, they may be facing a long-term care crisis. Seniors have a 70% chance of needing long-term care services and support in the final third of their life. However, the average cost of inpatient long-term care is between $10,000 and $12,000 a month, and Medicare does not cover any long-term care costs. Absent proactive planning, seniors needing long-term care are required by Medicaid rules to spend down their entire life savings to below $2,000 before Medicaid will cover any of the monthly cost. While some states exempt certain retirement assets from this spend down, Virginia does not.

While we will talk a lot about your home, and possibly your IRA, or other assets, at its core, estate planning is about retaining control over your future and the future of your loved ones.

Planning is about taking control and making sure that YOU, not a court or a third party, decides what happens if you become incapacitated, or to your children if you pass when they are minors.

It’s about making sure that the assets you have are immediately available (rather than tied up in court proceedings), and are not unnecessarily depleted (by court costs, appraisal fees, outside financial guardians, lawyers, etc.), in the event of your incapacity or death, and used fully to support the choices you make as to how you want to be cared for, and how you want your loved ones to be cared for.

On a personal note, I am a father of three children. What they bring to this experience for me is an awareness that planning is something you do for the people you love the most. You may or may not be the one to benefit from the plan we design, but your loved ones surely will. I am guessing that is why you are here. I look forward to talking with you about those people and how we can ensure that they are cared for and protected.

Location

Manikas PLC
4000 Legato Road
Suite 1100
Fairfax, VA, 22033

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  98 customer reviews
Posted by Kim | April 15, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Planning my future
Kyle was extremely helpful in getting my directives in order. Its not easy to think about exiting this earth but he walked me through it and we got it done! Very professional and kind when talking about these sorts of things. Thankyou Kyle!!
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2024
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Highly Impressed
My recent experience with Manikas PLC for estate planning exceeded my expectations. Before delving into the process of estate planning, I am not sure my husband and I fully understood what not planning would mean for us and our family. One of the most valuable parts of the experience was the planning meeting where Kyle walked us through the specifics of what would happen to our home in probate and my children if there were no legal precautions taken. It was a stark reality check that every parent should experience. As we worked through the planning, what impressed us the most was the genuine sense of commitment that Kyle had. There was an ongoing collaboration to make sure that all the details, like the deed and other aspects of the trust funding, were taken care of so that the plan would work when we needed it. Kyle was available to address our questions and concerns as my husband and I worked through the process, which was very reassuring. There was a strong emphasis on education and communication from start to finish and this allowed us to make well-informed decisions. I wholeheartedly recommend Kyle.
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2019
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Highly dedicated professional lawyer !!!! Outstanding service!!!
I was represented in the court by Mr. Manikas . From the first meeting with him, I had a complete confidence that he is in control of all aspects of my case. He provided the best recommendations for every step I had to take and because I followed exactly what I was told to do before the court, the result was outstanding. I greatly appreciate the hard work, time and dedication of Mr. Manikas . I highly recommend him as a attorney you can completely rely on. His professionalism and level of expertise is the highest that you can expect. Thank you very much!
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2019
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Hire Mr. Manikas!
Mr Manikas recently represented me within Fairfax County Traffic Court. Very unexpectedly (at least to me), he was able to get my charges reduced. I was shocked. But even without this positive result, I would still want to give Mr. Manikas a glowing review. From my first contact with the law firm to my most recent communication, Mr. Manikas and his staff have been nothing but helpful, courteous, snd professional. They have promptly answered and/or investigated all of my questions and concerns, providing me with complete and thoughtful answers. I was also impressed that Mr. Manikas himself was my attorney. When searching for a lawyer, I contacted a couple of people, only to have my case sent to a lower-level associate instead. Instead, when you contact Mr. Manikas, you will speak with and be represented by him. I can’t recommend Mr. Manikas enough. I hope to never again need his services, but if I did, I would not hesitate to hire him again.
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Posted by Laura | August 20, 2019
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Extremely happy
From the time I talked to Kyle on the phone, through my court case, I always felt completely confident that Kyle would get me a good deal. I was correct in feeling this way; he’s an excellent attorney!
Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent counsel
I've (unfortunately) had to use lawyers for moving violations several times over the past 20+ years. Kyle is fantastic: concise, effective, and open about options and probability of success. You'll get many unsolicited ads but I'd encourage you to call Manikas law directly, they're excellent.
Posted by Jami | April 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Professionalism
Mr. Manikas and his team assisted me with a traffic violation. As an out of state resident I found he and his support staff to be not only professional but compassionate. The outcome was far better than my expectations. I highly recommend the Manikas team!
Posted by Alex | April 8, 2019
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Passionate and Extraordinarily Professional
Mr. Manikas represented me in two back-to-back DWI cases (and an associated traffic violation), refusal of a breathalyzer, and a non-compliance with ASAP Probation. He was easily accessible, engaging, knowledgeable, and takes his time to answer all of your questions accurately and thoroughly (even calls you directly instead of delegating to others regarding additional questions). His staff is friendly, efficient and they work expediently. Kyle's presence in the courtroom is commanding, confident, respectful and he is very well known in the Fairfax County court system. Payment flexibility was generous and understanding as well, understanding that I lost my job and ability to drive. Overall he achieved outstanding bargains (lesser charges) and nolle prosequi verdicts in all of my cases. Thank you very much Mr. Manikas; I will absolutely recommend him to anyone who has the misfortune of bad judgement and criminal accusations.
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Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2018
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Not just a traffic Lawyer
Kyle Manikas represented me for a non-violent felony. The guidelines for my crime were 7 months-1.5 years in county jail. After a plea deal and strict instruction from Mr. Manikas on the options I had to shine a better light on my case, I was able to come out with probation instead of serving time. This has allowed my life to thrive and I have no one to thank but him for putting me back on the right path. I believe he exceeded even his own lofty expectations and there’s not a scenario in the world in which I wouldn’t reccomend him.
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Posted by Jim | December 21, 2018
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Good guy
Kyle was very efficient and friendly in representation of traffic charge. He was able to reduce the charge with expediency. I would refer him to anybody.
Posted by Stacy | December 19, 2018
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Responsive, Professional and Very Effective
Kyle was very responsive and straightforward, responding to my initial message right away and explaining exactly what we could do together to help my reckless driving case. (classes to take/not take, etc) I really appreciate the inside knowledge he has of both sides of the legal system, which showed in how he was able to negotiate a much reduced outcome for me. His directions were very clear before court so I was prepared where to go/when to meet him in a busy, stressful environment. He was also kind enough to walk me over to the payment office afterward and explain what to expect there as well. Overall, he made a difficult situation much less so, with an outcome even better than I’d hoped. I would happily recommend him to anyone in need of this type of legal service.
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Posted by Ramesh | December 12, 2018
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RD ticket
I had a traffic ticket that needed to be addressed with the courts. Mr. Manikas gave me advice what to do before the court date. I had followed his advice and he is able to reduce my charges. Mr. Manikas is very professional, prompt and he knows his stuff.
Posted by Jean-Yves | November 27, 2018
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A great attorney
M. Manikas was extremely helpful to help me with a traffic offense. He was very kind, understanding and professional. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2018
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Professional and Considerate
Attorney Manikas made my experience with Fairfax County Court easy and successful. My case was reckless driving. I was very impressed by his professional and considerate interaction with me from the very first consultation itself. His instructions on what I need to do were right on the mark and was used positively by the court. Everything worked out just as he explained and at the end I was pleased with the outcome of the case. His legal assistants are also very good. They were on top of everything and it was very easy to interact with them. I would highly recommend Mr. Manikas for your legal needs.
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Posted by David | November 5, 2018
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Reduced my charges considerably.
I had a serious speeding ticket in Fairfax County which I was very concerned about. I must have received 35 letters in the mail after I received the ticket advertising law firms who wanted to take on my case. I chose Manikas Law because I noted that Kyle Manikas had been a prosecuting attorney for Fairfax County for a number of years. I reasoned this would give him a sound understanding of both sides of the bench. It did, my ticket was reduced considerably and I walked out of the courtroom feeling very proud about my decision to choose Manikas, Kyle did a great job.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2018
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Professional and reliable
Mr.Manikas is one of the best attorneys I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I encountered Mr.Manikas in court very frequently when I was a law-enforcement officer. I always felt like his clients meant something to him and that he was fighting for them. This is in contrast to some lawyers who I would see trying to make a deal and get the case over with. This review is unique because it is coming from someone who arrested people who were defended by Mr. Manikis. I was so impressed by his skills and knowledge that when my law enforcement career was over and I started a small business I utilized him several times. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.
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Posted by Bruce | October 10, 2018
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a small miracle...
Against what looked like impossible odds, Kyle Manikas got my reckless driving ticket down to simple speeding. I consulted a different lawyer who said, "In all my years, I've never had of a situation like this..." There were several reasons he should not have been able to do this --and managed it anyway. He was familiar with people in Fairfax court --clearly his home turf. Klyle was also was able to talk with me immediately, the first time I called --and quickly had all the facts of my case in front of him. I give Kyle a lot of credit...but prayers helped, I'm convinced.
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Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2018
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Excellent and Professional Attorney!
Mr. Manikas has represented me two times and handled both cases exceptionally. I have immense trust in him and his reputation in Fairfax County is well known. Other attorneys may compete on price, but if you’re willing to invest in a quality attorney for your case, I highly recommend Mr. Manikas.
Posted by anonymous | September 14, 2018
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Reckless Driving Case
Having never been to court, and not knowing anything about the VA court system (being from out of state), or the VA traffic laws with respect to speeding/reckless driving (I will never speed again in VA) or hiring a lawyer, I selected Mr. Manikas based upon other reviews I read plus his proximity to the courthouse where my case was to be heard. This turned out to be an excellent choice. Mr. Manikas clearly explained what I needed to do and was able to calm my worst fears for the possible outcomes. I would definitely recommend him to anyone in a similar predicament.
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Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2018
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Forever Grateful
I had to write a review to express my sincerest gratitude to Mr. Manikas for his representation. Everything I wrote down on my intake form - my worries, my hopes - were all taken into consideration. No other lawyers that I came across were as sharp or efficient. He handled my case with the upmost professionalism and care. I knew when I walked into his office that I was in the right place.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Manikas PLC
  • 2024 - Present
  • Chief Deputy
  • Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office
  • 2020 - 2024
  • Attorney
  • Manikas PLC
  • 2009 - 2019
  • Prosecutor
  • Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney
  • 2005 - 2009
  • Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Attorney
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Clerk
  • Department of Justice
  • 1999 - 1999
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Education

  • Washington College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Syracuse University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain
  • Counsel for Amici Curiae in United States Supreme Court

Associations

  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Washington D.C.'s Top Rated Lawyers
  • ALM/Washington Post
  • 2012
  • Virginia's Top Rated Lawyers
  • ALM/ Wall Street Journal
  • 2012
  • Listee
  • Marquis Who's Who
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (12)
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Immigration Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I'm pleased to endorse Kyle. He is a top-notch immigration attorney and a zealous advocate for his clients. Highly recommended."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Spending 5 minutes in the hallway talking to Kyle has literally made the difference between victory and failure in my cases. Great attorney and great person."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Kyle is a creative legal thinker that is always looking for a way to win. He is respected in the halls of the courthouse for how he prosecuted cases as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney and now for his aggressive representation of his clients on the defense side. I would trust him to handle any kind of case."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a former prosecutor, Kyle is very knowledgeable and is a great source of legal expertise. He fights for his clients and I highly recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is a completely unsolicited endorsement. It is a high honor and a privilege to endorse my colleague and friend, Kyle Manikas. If I weren't new to Avvo, I would have done so a long time ago. Kyle is a polished professional who fights hard for his clients. He practices the law with the whole of his heart and gives everything he has to his clients. His past experience as a commonwealth attorney makes him a stellar defense attorney because he knows the challenges from every possible angle and can handle them with ease. He approaches his work as a defense attorney with perfection, intelligence and coolness. That said, he is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He treats his colleagues and clients with respect. I give him my highest recommendation. If you have a legal issue, whether traffic, criminal or civil, hire Kyle Manikas without hesitation. You will be in outstanding hands. You will be in excellent hands. You will have the best representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Manikas knows the Virginia DWI laws well, but more importantly, he has mastery of case-winning strategies."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kyle is a force to be reckoned with. Hes a great attorney and more seasoned than his years would suggest."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Talented lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kyle is an excellent criminal lawyer. His experience as a prosecutor helped him develop strong trial skills. He is well respected by other lawyers and Judges. I refer clients to him and trust him to handle their cases."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have reviewed his Legal Guides and his answers to legal questions and I am impressed by his knowledge of the DUI laws."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Kyle Manikas for 4-5 years while he was a prosecutor in Fairfax County, Virginia. Since then, he became a defense attorney. I have been impressed with his work ethic and his intelligence. He is a strong litigator and gentleman lawyer. I can imagine that his clients will be very happy because, from what I have seen, he does an outstanding job. As far as the cases I have handled as defense counsel while he was prosecutor, the work I saw would make me trust him as Defense Counsel."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kyle is an extraordinary trial lawyer who I have seen on a number of occasions skillfully argue on behalf of his clients. He always demonstrates an impressive command of the facts of his case and is well versed in the law and evidentiary issues associated with trial practice. His clients can take comfort knowing they have a lawyer who is creative, intelligent and will work diligently for a favorable outcome in their case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Other
"I know Kyle from a national networking group. He is a responsible, intelligent attorney who is an extremely capable advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Kyle is by far the brightest and hardest working attorney I have worked with."
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