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Mr. Vitt first became interested in estate planning in law school while taking an estate taxation course. As an attorney, he has always found it rewarding to help people plan and assist them in getting their affairs in order. Nonetheless, Mr. Vitt spent several years as a trial lawyer and general civil practitioner prior to focusing on estate planning. That experience has proven invaluable as a foundation for his estate planning practice.


EXPERIENCE


Following law school, Mr. Vitt served as a judicial law clerk in Bennington, Vermont. As a law clerk, Mr. Vitt had the opportunity to work with several judges on a wide variety of matters. A year later, Mr. Vitt went to work for Paterson & Walke, PC, an AV-rated general civil practice law firm in Montpelier, Vermont. He ultimately became a managing shareholder of that firm. At Paterson & Walke, PC, Mr. Vitt represented individuals and businesses in a variety of matters, including business planning and litigation. He represented clients in state and federal courts, and successfully argued cases before the Vermont Supreme Court. In 1993, Mr. Vitt returned to his home state of Virginia, where he was a principal of Geraty, MacQueen, and Vitt, PLC for eleven years. During that period, Mr. Vitt narrowed the focus of his work to estate planning and elder law.


In March 2004, Mr. Vitt founded Vitt Law offices, PLC, a firm devoted entirely to estate planning, elder law, and related matters. As a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA), Mr. Vitt has consistently completed a minimum of 36 hours of annual Continuing Legal Education (more than required by the Virginia State Bar) in areas pertaining to estate planning, elder law, and taxation. He served on the AAEPA’s Education Advisory Board for over five years, and presently serves on the AAEPA’s Board of Governors. In addition, he received training and earned certification pertaining to IRA planning and distributions through the IRA Attorney Advisor Program presented by Ed Slott, CPA. Mr. Vitt is an active member of the Virginia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Virginia State Bar Section on Trusts and Estates, the Central Virginia Estate Planning Council, and the Charlottesville/ Albemarle Bar Association. Mr. Vitt has addressed numerous professional and community organizations, has appeared on television, and has been interviewed for various print media. He regularly conducts public and private seminars on estate planning, elder law, and related matters. Over the years, Vitt Law Offices, PLC has helped hundreds of clients preserve and pass on their hard-earned wealth through wise estate planning choices.


EDUCATION


In 1974, Mr. Vitt completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. In 1985, Mr. Vitt received his Juris Doctorate and his Master of Studies in Environmental Law, cum laude, from Vermont Law School. While at Vermont Law School, Mr. Vitt earned first place honors in the Debevoise Moot Court Competition, served on the Moot Court Advisory Board, and was a member of the Vermont Legal Research Group.


PERSONAL


Mr. Vitt and his wife, Dianne, a registered dietitian, have a son and daughter. All of the Vitts are or have been involved with the law firm. Daughter Loretta is presently attending law school at the University of Virginia, and plans to practice at Vitt Law Offices upon graduation. They all enjoy outdoor activities and musical events in their spare time.

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  1. Estate Planning: 60%
    30 years
  2. Elder Law: 40%
    23 years

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  • David Anthony Lucas

    Jim is one of the top estate planning lawyers in the country and has helped many of my clients transfer their real estate to their revocable trusts. I can recommend him without reservation.

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Vitt Law Offices, PLC

880-A Rio East Court
Charlottesville, VA, 22901

880 A Rio East Court
Charlottesville, VA, 22901

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
VAAuthorized to practice law199303/31/2016
VTInactive198502/29/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
First Place Debevois Moot Court CompetitionVermont Law SchoolN/A
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1995 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1994 - Present
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Vermont Law SchoolEnvironmental LawMaster of Studies in Environmental Law1985
Vermont Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Virginia TechN/AN/A1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Alzheimer's Association 7th Annual Best Practices in Dementia CareLegal issues associated with dementia care2008