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Doug Welty was the first attorney in Northern Virginia to be certified as an Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS) by the Estate Law Specialist Board, an organization accredited by the American Bar Association.


(The Virginia State Bar does not certify specialists, nor are there any procedures in Virginia for approving certifying organizations. And there are many excellent lawyers who are not board-certified. But if you're looking for an experienced estates & trusts attorney, board certification is a good starting point.)


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 35%
    19 years
  2. Trusts: 35%
    19 years
  3. Tax: 20%
    19 years
  4. Business: 10%
    33 years



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  • Rebecca Lynne Evans

    Mr. Welty is a wonderful attorney with years of vast knowledge. He does not hesitate to share his knowledge with younger attorneys like myself which I greatly appreciate. He serves his clients well and I would not hesitate to refer a client to him for services.


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Contact info

C Douglas Welty PC

2300 Wilson Blvd Ste 240
Arlington, VA, 22201-5435


VAAuthorized to practice law198801/07/2013
DCInactive 198407/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Estate Planning Law Specialist (EPLS)Estate Law Specialist BoardN/A
Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®) DesignationNational Association of Estate Planners & CouncilsN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPrivate Practice, Washington, DC1984 - 1988
AttorneyLord Day & Lord1982 - 1984
Naval Flight OfficerUnited States Navy1974 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
Northern Virginia Estate Planning CouncilAttorney Member2013 - Present
Alliance Defending FreedomAllied Attorney2006 - Present
McLean Estate Planning CouncilAttorney Member2002 - Present
National Rifle AssociationEstate Planning Council Member1999 - Present
Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates SectionAttorney Member1988 - Present
Federalist Society, Washington DC chapterAttorney Member1986 - Present
WealthCounselAttorney MemberN/A
The Advisors ForumAttorney MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gosp v. McAuliffeWon.
Demmon v. Loudoun County School BoardWon.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wealthcounsel QuarterlyTransferring Literary Rights to the Next Generation: Draft Carefully2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Virginia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Rice UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Fairfax Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates SectionCopyright Transfers and Choosing a Literary Executor2012
The Probate Process in Virginia from Start to FinishEthical Considerations in Estate and Trust AdministrationN/A
The Probate Process in Virginia from Start to FinishDischarge, Distribution, and Winding UpN/A
The Probate Process in Virginia from Start to FinishFiling in Circuit Court for Probate and/or QualificationN/A
The Probate Process in Virginia from Start to FinishIntestate Succession in VirginiaN/A
The Probate Process in Virginia from Start to FinishPreparing and Filing the Estate InventoryN/A
The Probate Process in Virginia from Start to FinishTax Returns and New Developments in Estate and Trust TaxationN/A
LLCs and LLPs in VirginiaPractical Operating Procedures for LLCs and LLPsN/A
LLCs and LLPs in VirginiaSpecial Uses of Limited Liability CompaniesN/A
Incorporating Uniform Trust Code Changes Into Your Virginia PracticeAvoiding (and Making the Best Of) the Virginia Uniform Trust CodeN/A
Incorporating Uniform Trust Code Changes Into Your Virginia PracticeOrigins and Fundamentals of the Virginia Uniform Trust CodeN/A
General Assembly UpdateEstate, Trust & Probate LawN/A