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Elizabeth Grace Carpenter-Hughes

Family Attorney at Fredericksburg, VA

4.7   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2011
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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Family matters like divorce, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support or alimony, adoption, prenuptial or post-nuptial agreements, protective or restraining orders and name change orders are all welcome at our office.

    12 years

  2. Child custody
    When you, your children or family's well-being is at stake, you want a lawyer who will put forth the effort necessary to understand and obtain your individual goals. I will work hard to get best results for you and the child.

  3. Divorce and separation
    e understand that family law is a deeply emotional area of law. By putting over 20 years of experience behind your legal needs, we can provide you with the peace of mind you deserve. Call Today for all Family Matters

    12 years

Elizabeth Carpenter-Hughes is a passionate advocate for her clients. She works to resolve cases and legal issues in the most beneficial manner possible, utilizing all available means, including negotiation, mediation, and litigation. She strives to ensure that her clients receive a comprehensive solution that is best for them.


Elizabeth Carpenter-Hughes practice focuses on the following types of law: family law matters, including divorce; custody, visitation, support and adoption; bankruptcy; estate planning; contract law; landlord/tenant disputes; and miscellaneous civil litigation in the greater Fredericksburg area. She is also qualified to serve as a guardian ad litem for children and adults in court-appointed matters.

A native of King George, VA, Elizabeth -Carpenter-Hughes believes strongly in community involvement. In addition to practicing law, she spends a significant amount of her personal time working with underprivileged and handicapped children, as well as serving in a local youth organization. This interaction with the community gives her a creative, compassionate perspective in domestic law cases. She also regularly attends a variety of continuing education and best practices seminars in order to stay informed of changing Virginia laws.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, she received her Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. She gained valuable legal experience both while working for the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia and as an associate attorney with Rose M. Pantazis, P.C., in Stafford, Virginia. Elizabeth Carpenter-Hughes joined Anthony C. Williams & Associates, PC, as an associate attorney in 2013 and became partner at Williams Stone Carpenter Buczek, PC in 2017. 


Buczek Carpenter PC
411 Chatham SQ Office PK
Fredericksburg, VA, 22405

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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
We found Elizabeth through my company's EAP and I knew from the moment I sat in the free consultation that she was the right lawyer for us. She listens to everything you had to say and is so honest about the situation. Everytime we called or sent an email she would respond within a day and always was able to answer our questions. Our previuos lawyer took a week to respond and half the time didn't even answer the question that was asked. I would recommned Elizabeth and the entire Anthony C. William's lawyers to anyone. The office staff is fantastic. Everytime we call they are so polite and try to help the best they can.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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Great advice, great results
Elizabeth handled my case with such care and professionalism. I had no idea what I was going to do, and she took me through the entire process and got me the settlement I needed. She, and Anthony Williams office were very easy to work with.
Posted by Demetrius | August 26, 2015
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Great experience for bad times
Really enjoyed the great communication during the process I felt she was there for me and not just going through the paces. She was quick to respond to my inquires and offer clear concise explanations to my questions at no point did I feel my case was not in the right hands
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2015
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child custody
She was always able to answer the questions I had and was quick to respond to emails or phone calls I had. She helped ease my fears, I had gone through court for child custody before and didn't have a good lawyer. I would recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Richard | August 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Elizabeth you were great
I came to you in hopes that you could help me with a legal problem my former attorney left me with. Thank you for doing so and I'm very satisfied with your help
Posted by Johnathan Missner | August 25, 2015
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Great Lawyer
While the world would be better served if all lawyers were at the bottom of the ocean and exception can be made for Elizabeth. She is approachable and honest and most importantly returns calls or emails quite promptly. Highly recommend her and the law firm of Anthony Williams.
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
I was represented by this law firm during my divorce and I was let down as a father. I found them using the employee support group benefit I had and which they are apart of Elizabeth was a great talker and these firm will bill you. Right before my court date when she was suppose to represent me she was exposed to COVID. I asked for a continuance. This was because I felt she knew my case the best. She assured me her partner would be able to help me this in a four day turn around. Well It did not turn out well for me I ended up losing on all grounds. The property and lost more time with my daughter due to the new custody arrangement custody because of the lack of preparation by her replacement. He also stated he was not happy representing me because of ESG agreement which capped his hour rate this was in the court house. She was able to recover and clear up some issues later on when we cleared up the custody but by then the damage was done. AVOID THIS FIRM. Specifically Anthony Williams who was the replacement.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Anthony C. Williams & Associates, PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Rose M. Pantazis, PC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid
  • 2011 - 2012


  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2008

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
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Family Attorney | Oct 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mrs. Carpenter-Hughes is a fantastic family law attorney. I have worked against her for several years and now, with her for several more. She is a fountain of information on divorce, custody and support matters and is extremely diligent in her work. I would recommend her to anyone seeking help in the complex area of family law whether it be a client needing legal help or another attorney needing clarification on a provision of the law."
Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked both with and against Elizabeth, and she is a skilled and compassionate lawyer in her cases. She works to protect the rights of both parents and children in her cases and has a broad understanding of both the law and issues that affect our community."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Elizabeth is an excellent, honest and compassionate attorney that I never hesitate to refer to others. A family law attorney is often needed in very difficult times, so it is important to pick one that thoroughly understands the law and will zealously advocate for you and your family in a time of need. Elizabeth will not disappoint - she is extremely well-versed in the law and fights diligently for each of her clients, while treating her clients with the utmost respect and dignity. Our firm is proud to recommend her to anyone needing family law services."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Carpenter-Hughes for the last two years. I have observed her to be knowledgeable, hard-working, and passionate about her clients' cases and needs. As a colleague, I also know that other practitioners and courts hold her in very high esteem. She is known for her preparedness, work ethic and ability to interact positively with clients, attorneys, courts and staff. She is an excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Elizabeth Carpenter-Hughes is truly a rising superstar family lawyer. A graduate of William and Mary Law school, she is smart, savvy and compassionate in counselling her clients and representing their best interests in court. I would recommend her to anyone seeking an outstanding family law attorney."
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Fredericksburg Family Lawyer Elizabeth Grace Carpenter-Hughes
Elizabeth Grace Carpenter-Hughes
Family Attorney
Fredericksburg, VA
Licensed for 12 years