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Joan Kusta Fine

Business Attorney at Winchester, VA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Joan K. Fine

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 34 years
    Massachusetts - MA 41 years
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joan

Learn Joan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Animal law
    8%

  2. Business
    8%
    Do you want to start your own business? Do you have a family-run business? Are you getting ready to sell your business and retire? Have you made sure that you are covered by insurance or an agreement in the event that something unexpected happens?

    42 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    8%
    We will review any draft Contract you have received, review with you what you want, the terms of the draft Contract, which terms are contrary to your best interests and how they can be revised.

    42 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    8%

  5. Estate planning
    8%

  6. Limited liability company (LLC)
    8%

  7. Litigation
    8%
    Ms. Fine represents clients and appears in court primarily in the City of Winchester, Va., and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Loudoun, and Fauquier.

    42 years

  8. Power of attorney
    8%

  9. Probate
    8%

  10. Real estate
    8%

  11. Trusts
    8%

  12. Wills and living wills
    8%
    A variety of legal issues arise throughout an individual’s lifetime regarding estate planning and disposition of assets. In Winchester, Va., Ms. Fine counsels clients locally and in surrounding counties regarding their legal options.

    42 years

  13. Other
    4%

As a Winchester, Virginia, attorney, Joan K. Fine has practiced law with firms in the city as well as Boston, Massachusetts, and is licensed to practice in both states. In 1990 Joan K. Fine established her own law practice in Winchester, Virginia, and has the distinction of being the first woman to be elected president of the Winchester/Frederick County Bar Association.

A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, she received a Juris Doctor degree in 1982 from Boston College Law School and was selected for Law Review at that institution.

Ms. Fine has over thirty years of experience evaluating her clients' legal issues, identifying their options, and formulating solutions to meet their goals. Her expertise includes contract litigation, negotiation and business law. Ms. Fine focuses her practice on Business/Commercial Law, Litigation (Business, Contract, Real Estate and Probate); Real Estate Law; Wills Trusts and Estate Administration and Equine Law. Business clients are diverse and include trucking, publishing, manufacturing, construction, insurance, restaurants, counseling services, horse farms and dairy farms. Ms. Fine represents clients and appears in court primarily in the city of Winchester, and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Loudoun, and Fauquier.

Experience: Ms. Fine recognizes that just as every person is unique, the conditions surrounding each case are unique, and that uniqueness must be taken into account before legal advice is given. Using her more than thirty years of experience, Ms. Fine helps her clients evaluate their legal issues, identify their options, and formulate and implement a strategy to achieve their goals.

Options: Ms. Fine listens to the facts you present, then researches and analyzes your case before providing advice. Working together, you and she may discover alternative approaches that suggest alternative strategies. Rather than making the decisions for you, Ms. Fine uses her expertise to explore these options with you, helping you to make the right decision for your situation.

Solutions: Historically, lawyers have been called “attorneys and counselors at law.” Ms. Fine brings experience and a collaborative approach to the table, allowing you and her, working as a team, to achieve your goals. With her guidance, you’ll receive insight into your options, and help in planning and implementing a goal-oriented strategy.

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Location

The Law Office of Joan K. Fine, PLC
302 W Boscawen St
Winchester, VA, 22601-3810

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Posted by Ronald | January 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer and good person
Joan Fine has been my lawyer since 2015. She has represented me on several issues. She represented me in legal action against a fraudulent building contractor with an outcome as good as possible under the circumstances. She has done real estate contracts and lease agreement work with me and I have been very pleased with the results. She saved my bacon on a 1031 exchange that would have gone wrong had she not double checked the work of the out of state attorney that handled the exchange in the other state. All and all, Joan has been a great lawyer and a good contact that knows who's who in the local community. I highly recommend Joan Fine for any legal work or information gathering concerning the local community.
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Posted by Wyatt | June 18, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great job so far!
When a former teacher of mine passed away, I became responsible in handling their estate. From day one, Joan has been there to help guide me through the process. Whether it be by phone, email, or in person, her responses are quick and to the point. Definitely would recommend her services.
Posted by Gary | May 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Legal Services!
I was unprepared when my loving wife of 44-years became terminally afflicted with metastasized brain cancer in January 2017. For the next 14-months I was her primary caregiver. We were both only focused of her recovery and never considered whether her 28-year-old hand-written Last Will and Testament from South Carolina, would be accepted in Virginia. When my wife died in February 2018, it was hard enough to deal with my loss but, this problem was made considerably worse when the Virginia Circuit Court would not accept her Will. I was informed that her death would need to be filed Intestate (without a Will) in accordance with Virginia State Law. I also had credit problems, so I was unable to secure a bond from a Bonding Agency to secure my wife's Estate and, therefore did not have the ability to receive payment from her Life Insurance policy. After talking with one Law Firm who wanted a retainer of $2500 to litigate my case, I continued to search for another attorney. I was referred to a Winchester attorney, Joan Fine, who wasted no time investigating my wife's Will at the Courthouse and resolved my legal matters in less than 3-days. I was greatly relieved to be named Executor to my wife's Estate without need of a Bonding Agency, and Joan Fine only minimally charged me for her actual time of 1-hour. Before my wife had become retired in 2014, she was a part-time paralegal who referred to most lawyers as “sharks”. However, I am grateful to have found Joan Fine -- an honest and exceptional Estate Attorney who put her client’s needs ahead of herself.
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Posted by David | May 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and trusting
Just moved into the area not even finished unpacking and out of nowhere I get harassed with a lawsuit from a family member. I knew my innocence, however, I felt that I should seek legal representation as to not make costly mistake. Definitely made the write call and even better found Joan Fine searching on the world wide web. At the consultation meeting Ms. Fine was exact on what we should do and had me feeling at ease immediately. I knew I found the professional representation that I could trust. The opposing party pleaded no case at the time of the court hearing and I have Ms. Fine to thank for that. I will definitely seek her professional legal services when needed and recommend her highly.
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Posted by Danny | April 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Agreement advice
Joan, was very helpful with the advise she gave me regarding an agreement I was reviewing. I will consult Joan again for my future Business needs.
Posted by Brian | August 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service & Integrity
We have used Joan on numerous occasions dealing with my fathers retirement from our corporation. She was able to give him the proper advice he needed to prepare for the transition, and us the guidance to achieve it the most effective way. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing Will or Estate planning or contract advice!
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Posted by Patti | October 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Joan Fine
Recently, my aunt moved from another state to Virginia and we needed to have her POAs and will updated. We met with Ms. Fine and she reviewed our existing documents and provided use with recommendations. We had questions and she was very knowledgeable and patient as provided us with answers. We had all our documents updated and we now have the peace of mind knowing that all my aunts legal documents are in order. Thank you Joan Fine!
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Posted by Jim | October 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
President
Joan's advice has always been meticulously researched, sound, and delivered in clear, understandable terms. She has cheerfully and skilfully helped us through some very difficult times.
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied with Joan Fine
Joan Fine has been everything i want and expect in a lawyer. She assisted me in drafting my end of life documents. She also helped me with an embezzlement situation, counseling me and drafting the needed documents. She is always accessible and makes legal issues remarkably clear.
Posted by Sheryl | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very thorough attorney
Hired Joan long distance after consulting with several other attorneys over the telephone. Joan asked the best questions and really did some research before either of us committed to the attorney/client relationship. Our case is in early stages at this time, but I have great faith in Joan's ability.
Posted by Lauri | October 2, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Lease Assistance
Joan read over my standard tenant lease and found it heavily favored my commercial tenants. She has re-worked it to be more of a "landlord's lease" without making it unreasonable. She was so helpful--she caught some phrases and re-worded them that I hadn't even considered. She really had my best interests at heart. I will not hesitate to consult with/hire Joan again when needed, and will refer her at every opportunity.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Legal Representation
Mrs. Fine has represented myself in both professional and personal cases in General District and Circuit Court. In each instance, she is thorough, honest, diligent, and works to efficiently research case law and opinions, covering all possible angles so as to make well informed and calculated recommendations to move the case forward to a favorable outcome for her client. She is without hesitation my first and only choice for legal representation.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Joan K. Fine, PLC
  • 1990 - Present
  • Member
  • The Law Office of Joan K. Fine, PLC
  • 1900 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Costello, Dickenson
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Attorney
  • Rubin & Rudman, LLP
  • 1985 - 1989
  • Attorney
  • Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster
  • 1982 - 1984
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Education

  • Boston College Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1962

Associations

  • Foundation of The State Arboretum
  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Top of Virginia Regional Chamber
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Blue Ridge Association of Realtors
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Winchester/Frederick County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1989 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1985 - Present
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1983 - Present
  • Piedmont Environmental Council - Legislative Committee
  • Chairman
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Berryville-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Past Treasurer
  • 1992 - 2019
  • Berryville-Clarke County Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Director
  • 1991 - 1993
  • Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Former Director
  • 1991 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Law Review
  • Boston College Law School
  • 1981

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Endorse Joan
Litigation Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joan is a very skilled and detailed oriented attorney who strives to obtain the best possible result for her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse her."

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Winchester Business Lawyer Joan Kusta Fine
Joan Kusta Fine
Business Attorney
Winchester, VA
Licensed for 41 years