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Gretchyn Gay Meinken

Probate Attorney at Alexandria, VA

5.0   7 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 9 years
    Maryland - MD 14 years
    Virginia - VA 16 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Gretchyn

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Gretchyn Meinken is a partner at Wade Grimes Friedman Meinken & Leischner. She grew up in a U.S. Army family, living in Germany for the majority of her childhood. She moved to the Washington, D.C. Metro area after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alabama in 2000. Ms. Meinken now calls Alexandria, Virginia home after residing here since 2001 (her longest stint in any one place).

Ms. Meinken focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, as well as general corporate law and taxation. She represents individuals, estates, trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations.

Ms. Meinken advises clients on the following types of matters:

  • Administration of trusts and estates
  • Comprehensive estate plans
  • Hearings before the Commissioner of Accounts
  • Estate and gift tax returns
  • Foreign account disclosures
  • Irrevocable trust modification and termination
  • Lifecycle of partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations

Location

Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Sutter & Leischner, PLLC
616 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA, 22314

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Posted by Angela | October 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Professional, Reliable!
Gretchyn came highly recommended, and after working with her for a year on our complex probate matter, I can see why. She educated me every step of the way, answered my repeat questions with grace and patience, was incredibly responsive and always professional, and had excellent follow through and attention to detail. I can't say enough positive and am so grateful to have had her in our court. She had an intuitive quality about her that seemed to expand her already impressive knowledge of this area. We always felt like we were in abundantly qualified hands. Highly recommend!
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Posted by Valerie | April 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Set up my trust and has provided advice and support since
Gretchyn is knowledgeable, efficient and fun to work with. She made it easy to set up my trust quickly and has been very responsive in clarifying technical questions over the subsequent two years as I’ve transferred assets and considered a relocation. She’s great to work with!
Posted by Janet | April 1, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Couldn't have asked for a better experience-
Ms. Meinken was hired by my husband and me to provided an extensive overhaul of our very out-of-date estate planning documents. From our first meeting, it was a pleasure to talk with her. She is professional, and very attention to detail - as well as warm and patient. She knows her business and made us feel relaxed and confident in her immediately. We feel extremely fortunate to have found her and recommend her highly to anyone who is putting this sort of thing off. This lady will graciously help you check off this very important business.
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Posted by Jeff | March 17, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Would Highly Recommend
Gretchyn set up my Estate Plan (Trust, Will, AMD, etc.). At our initial consultation she clearly explained my options and followed up with an email which was tremendously helpful. After preparing my documents, we went through them at signing making sure I understood each document. She again followed up with very very helpful instructions how to transfer assets. I already recommended Gretchyn to a co-worker who then also used Gretchyn’s services. My coworker was very impressed with the emails Gretchyn sent to me explaining exactly each necessary document. My coworker had consulted other attorneys who did not do this.
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Posted by Christy | March 12, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and knowledgeable
I worked with Gretchen for the guardianship process when my special needs daughter turned 18. Gretchen was very helpful and responsive in explaining the process, preparing the necessary paperwork, and, most importantly, helping us avoid the various pitfalls that could arise. What could have been a complicated and frustrating process went smoothly and easily. We will need to go back for a special needs trust, and I would certainly recommend Gretchen to anyone on probate matters (she has a specialty in handling complicated and cross border situations). Family legal matters can be stressful, so it helps to have a calm lawyer who knows what to do.
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Posted by Linda | March 7, 2016
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Gretchyn Meinken deserves more than a 5 star rating. She helped me resolve a difficult out of state estate. She kept me informed every step of the way, was always reachable and settled the problem proficiently. I highly recommend her, she is wonderful!
Posted by Anney | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
It’s rare that you come across such a standout lawyer!
I chose Ms. Meinken, as my probate attorney because she was the most approachable. I was extremely happy with her knowledgeable handling of a difficult case, her tireless devotion to detail, willingness to truly pursue my best interest and above all, her excellent communication throughout. I recommend her work without hesitation.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wade, Grimes, Friedman, Meinken & Leischner, PLLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Associate
  • Wade, Friedman & Sutter, PC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Smolen & Plevy, PC
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • EPA, OECA, International Enforcement Division
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation, Legal Department
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • The United States Mint, Office of the Chief Counsel
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Legal Intern
  • DOD, Office of the General Counsel, International Affairs
  • 2005 - 2005
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Education

  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Alabama
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Associations

  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia Chapter)
  • Past President
  • 2015 - Present
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - Present
  • Fairfax Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)
  • President-Elect
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association (Northern Virginia chapter)
  • Treasurer
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2018
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Legal Elite
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers
  • Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Preparing Women for Civic Leadership
  • Women in Civic Leadership
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Gretchyn
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I referred a client to Gretchyn with a probate/estate case involving real estate in multiple states and she tackled it immediately. The client was impressed with her professionalism and empathetic demeanor during a difficult personal time for the client. I hope to refer more clients to her in the future because the one client I sent to her was truly pleased with her representation. Thanks, Gretchyn, for your assist on that one!"

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Alexandria Probate Lawyer Gretchyn Gay Meinken
Gretchyn Gay Meinken
Probate Attorney
Alexandria, VA
Licensed for 16 years