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Karen Leigh Rowell

Estate planning Attorney at Harrisonburg, VA

5.0   13 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2008
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About Karen

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Karen has been practicing law in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia since 2008 and attended The College of William & Mary School of Law.  Karen practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law and estate administration, including the creation of special needs trusts and review of Medicaid eligibility concerns.  Karen litigates adult guardianship matters and is a qualified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults.  Karen is a United States Navy Veteran, a Past President of the Bridgewater Ruritan Club and a former Girl Scout Co-Leader of Troop 1111 of the Virginia Skyline Council.   Karen is active as a Girl Scout parent volunteer and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Turner Ashby High School Music Department where her daughter attends school.  Karen received her Bachelor of Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Family and Child Development in 1996 and still loves to attend Hokie football games as well as Washington Capitals NHL hockey games.  Karen is a native of Roanoke, Virginia and spent time living in Roanoke, Blacksburg, Norfolk, and Williamsburg before settling in Bridgewater in 2008 when starting her legal career and her daughter's education at John Wayland Elementary School.  Karen is very pleased to call the beautiful Shenandoah Valley her home and welcomes locals as well as visitors from around the Commonwealth to consider her for their estate planning and elder law needs.

Location

Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.
92 North Liberty Street
Harrisonburg, VA, 22802

Reviews

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Posted by Debbie | November 3, 2023
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Karen Rowell
Karen has been such an advocate for adults with disabilities. She has handled all of our needs including guardianship, wills, special needs trust, and power of attorney . She is easy to get in touch with and always does things very carefully for us. I would recommend her to anyone needing services like I mentioned above.
Posted by Debbie | July 20, 2023
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Very impressed
MS. Rowell has always taken time to help me in my estate planning and with financial advice for my husband's care. She has taken time to answer my email personally.
Posted by Jim | July 18, 2023
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Satisfied Client
If you're looking for an attorney to prepare estate planning documents, contact Karen. She did this for me and will for you.
Posted by Vicky | July 10, 2023
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So Helpful!
Karen and her staff were extremely helpful in assisting my family through the probate process after my father’s death. We live in a different state and after our Zoom consultation, there were many phone calls and emails. She and her staff were great on getting back to us quickly. Also, very reasonably priced!
Posted by Harold | June 5, 2023
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Knowledgeable, Professional and Excellent
She worked with us to set up a Trust, Wills, POA, etc. and patiently explained things we did not understand. She asked great questions to make certain everything was done to accomplish our wishes. Her staff are excellent.
Posted by Carolyn | March 31, 2023
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Attorney
Karen is prompt in returning phone calls; she has the needed expertise for my situation and questions. She is personable and reponsive.
Posted by Teresa | September 17, 2021
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Very thorough
We did a consultation with Karen and then all the final paperwork. She did such a great job explaining everything and helping us get all our assets in order for our heirs. I never knew there was a beneficiary option for our vehicles?? We were very impressed with how thorough she was and her office staff is just as awesome! Feels good to have everything taken care of.
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Posted by W R | December 18, 2020
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recommendation
Medicaid issue concerning a home and how to protect the property from possible claim by medicaid.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2020
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Very responsive
I contacted Karen regarding elder law and she got back to me very quickly with very clear, specific information.
Posted by Diane | June 4, 2019
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Great job!
Karen has been knowledgeable, timely, helpful and responsive through a difficult process, which includes a long-distance aspect to it. She was recommended by a staff member from New Century Hospice Service, and it was an excellent referral. I have let them know that as well.
Posted by Russell | May 15, 2019
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Russell McQuain, Jr.
Karen Rowell has been helping me navigate through some very difficult estate and will planning for my parents. In their previous will, they had failed to consider the possibility of long term care being needed. Thus far, every obstacle we have encountered, Ms. Rowell has found a solution for, enabling me to feel comfortable that my parents will be taken care of for their remaining years. When complete, I fully intend to have her set up my personal estate and will planning so I will not leave the same problems behind for my children to deal with. I am extremely grateful for everything she has, and continues doing, on my parents behalf!
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Posted by Amy | June 5, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Ms. Rowell prepared a Power of Attorney, Medical Directive and Special Needs Trust for our daughter. She was very kind, patient, professional and knowledgeable. We received these documents in a very timely manner. She always answered our questions in a timely manner and was easy to contact. Very pleasant experience.
Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2018
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Prepared Powers of Attorney
Karen prepared multiple Powers of Attorney for my wife and me. She was very professional and explained the nuances of each POA.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 270-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Clark & Bradshaw, P.C.
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Layman & Nichols, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2018

Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Complaint for Partition and Action to Quiet Title
  • Property sold and proceeds distributed.

Associations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • Department of Defense
  • 2001
  • NATO Medal-Former Yugoslavia
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • 2001

Speaking Engagements

  • Trusts from A-Z
  • Special Needs Trusts, Legal Ethics
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
Endorse Karen
Elder law Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Karen several times in the past year; I have found her to be as professional as she is capable."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Karen for years. She is a thorough, thoughtful, and conscientious practitioner of the law."
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Harrisonburg Estate planning Lawyer Karen Leigh Rowell
Karen Leigh Rowell
Estate planning Attorney
Harrisonburg, VA
Licensed for 15 years