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Donna L. Wilson

Probate Attorney at Williamsburg, VA

5.0   11 reviews

Licensed for 17 years

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    Estate Planning is developing a customized plan for yourself and your family during incapacity and upon your death, with a strategy that legally arranges for the orderly transfer of assets to those you care about, with a minimum of taxes, court costs, legal fees, and stress to your loved ones.

    18 years

  2. Probate
    35%
    Probate is the court-supervised proceeding by which a deceased person’s assets are identified, debts are paid, and at the completion of the court process, remaining assets are transferred to the identified beneficiaries. This can be a frustrating, public, expensive, and time consuming process.

    18 years

  3. Business
    15%
    Creating a business entity lends protection against debts and claims. If you own everything in one company or your own name, a lawsuit can result in catastrophic loss. If assets are held in separate companies, then only the entity involved in the suit is at risk. As a result, it is important to segregate your most valuable assets, such as real estate or equipment, in separate LLCs. Also, proper formation of your business is important and that you have a proper list of successors in your absence

    18 years

  4. Elder law
    15%
    Elder Law deals with specific issues for our aging, elderly, and disabled population. Has your family planned for this, or will you run out of money? Due to improper or no planning? Types of planning for Elder Law include: Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits Planning, Special Needs Planning, Elder Abuse, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Trust Administration

    18 years

WE ALL HAVE AN ESTATE PLAN. DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR PLAN IS AND DOES IT PROTECT YOU UNDER THE LAW?

Attorney Donna L. Wilson is the founder of Wilson Law, PLC. Before practicing law, Donna was a teacher and Special Education Consultant.  Her lifelong interest in law, in combination with her experiences working to help families with special needs issues, led her to the specialized area of estate planning. Her ability to communicate effectively allows her to explain the intricacies of estate planning to her clients in a manner in which they can easily comprehend, enlightening them as to the infinite resources available to them in the designing of their estate plan.

 

Donna earned a B.S. Degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She earned a M.S. in Education and Administration and Supervision from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; and a J.D. from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in the spring of 2000.

 

Donna is a member of Wealth Counsel, a nationwide alliance of estate planning attorneys.  Her continuing education in the area of estate planning and asset protection ensures that the most up to date planning techniques are available to her clients. 

 

Donna’s comprehensive planning goes beyond the traditional Living Trust to include sophisticated planning, such as IRA, Special Needs, Gifting, and Life Insurance Trusts, to name a few. Her plans are all-inclusive, personalized, and unique to the client’s individual circumstances. Her goal is to help families plan for life, deal with death, resolve potential conflicts, and allocate a lasting legacy to beneficiaries.

 

A message to you from the attorney: “Everyone has an estate plan. Do you know what yours is?”

 

Donna L. Wilson invites you to meet with her for a free legal evaluation to discuss how her expertise in estate planning can serve your needs, and that of your family. She is available to meet with you in Williamsburg, Newport News, Virginia Beach, and Tyson’s Corner.

Client's Choice 2014
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Licensed for 17 years
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 2005
Updated 12/27/2022

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

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Wilson Law, Plc
430 Mclaws Cir Ste 102
Williamsburg, VA, 23185-5655

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Client's Choice 2014
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Donna received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2014
Posted by Lee | January 22, 2014
Recommendation for Donna L. Wilson, Attorney At Law
Donna Wilson is a people person. She communicates in simple and direct language which anyone can understand. She is extremely knowwledgeable in all areas pertaining to Wills and Last Testaments, and stays current with the many changes in the laws pertaining to this area. She, and her very well organized office staff keep her clients aware of any changes in the law which impact on her clients wishes. Having her as our Attorney has helped both my wife and myself in arranging our own wills to our exact desires without a lot of "fog". Additionally, she performs an annual review with each client to assure that the clients current desires are being met, whether or not there are any legistative changes in the law.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2014
Donna Wilson- Wilson Law, PLC
As a couple quickly approaching the age for retirement, we turned to Donna Wilson and her team for help in protecting our wealth. The process was painless and easy to understand. With children and grandchildren in the mix, we wanted to make sure our assets would be available to them upon our departure from this life. We were able to create an exceptional plan, legacy trust, and other components to make certain our wishes would be carried out. We were so impressed with the final outcome of this effort that we shared our experience (not all the details) with other family members. Three other family members have since turned to Donna and her team and completed very similar processes. It sure is a good feeling to know that our family will benefit from the fruits of our life-long hard work and not a bunch of bureaucrats.
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Posted by Emma | September 9, 2016
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Look No Further For Your Estate Planning Needs
I recommend Donna Wilson to anyone who is looking for an estate planning or elder law attorney in the Williamsburg area. Although I am an elder law attorney in Tampa, how I met Donna told me everything I needed to know about her and her law firm. We spent several days at a professional “bootcamp” with the sole focus on becoming the best advocates we can be for the people that trust us with their lives as well as their post-mortem affairs. Donna stood out as an extremely capable attorney ready, able and willing to provide clients – not only the highest level of skill and expertise – but all the aspects of respect, empathy and attention lost today in our profession. If you are in need of genuine people who can meet your estate planning or elder law needs, do not look any further than Donna Wilson, and Wilson Law PLC.
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Posted by Tony | February 18, 2014
Piece of mind
We had our estate planning done by another attorney several years ago and needed to update documents. Donna Wilson found several errors and inconsistencies in our old documents that would not only have cost us more money, but could have left us and our child unprotected at the time of our death or disability. We now have piece of mind knowing we have had a thorough and professional review of our situation and that we now have a plan that is tailored to our needs. As we were deciding what plans to make for our family several alternate scenarios were created to give us examples of what could happen depending on our choices and it was clear that Ms. Wilson clearly knows her field. The process was smooth, yet complete, and the office staff was quite responsive to questions and concerns. Communication has been wonderful and the documents we received were carefully explained and extremely well organized. We are relieved and confident that we made the best decision in choosing Wilson Law.
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Posted by Alice | January 21, 2014
What a great experience!
We used her services to draw up our Last Will and Testament for my husband and myself. From the moment you walk into the office to the minute you leave, you are made to feel welcome. The staff is wonderful and friendly and there are little touches of "home" all around. She is very professional but highly personable as well. It was so refreshing to work with someone who has such an extensive level of knowledge who also knows how to interact with you on a personal level so that the knowledge isn't overwhelming. I would highly recommend her services to anyone!!!!!
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Posted by Jim & Charlotte | January 15, 2014
Donna L. Wilson & Staff
Initial meeting (2009) at a presentation which was most impressive with Power Point and accompanying printed data. Low key presentation with no pressure which my husband and I liked. Donna and her staff are very professional but make one feel very comfortable, especially since major decisions were to be made. If we had questions about any documentation to be completed, we called; they responded immediately. We have joined their "Maintenance" program, most affordable and covers 1 yr or 13 mos, should we decide there are changes to be made. We have referred others who chose to work with Wilson Law and they are pleased to her have them as their attorney. One of the most important reasons we chose Wilson Law was their presentation. There was the feeling that there was honesty, integrity and that Wilson Law exhibited a willingness to definitely work with clients as "people" rather being interested in taking advantage of a stressful situation.
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Posted by Hildo | January 15, 2014
A great attorney for elder law and estate planning
Donna Wilson is a very responsible attorney who took care or our Trust plan. She came to our house and explained her services, how it would be set up, and how it would take care of our loved ones. She left nothing out and spared no words to make sure that we understood everything. Because we could not go to her, for medical reasons, she came to our home willingly, made several appearances to take care of us. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants a caring, responsive, and responsible attorney.
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Posted by Michele | January 14, 2014
Donna Wilson
Donna presents herself in a very professional manner. She is knowledgable astute and thorough in her approach. Not only did she assist us with estate planning, guardianship issues for our disabled son were also addressed.
Posted by Stewart | January 14, 2014
Donna L. Wilson, Trust Lawyer
Absolutely the best in her field that I have experienced. She developed for me a complex family trust that is not only completely understandable, but also is most carefully indexed so that pertinent information can be located rapidly, with all legal terms carefully defined.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2014
Feeling secure with trusted lawyer
Donna is more than a lawyer. She is a trusted friend, available at all times, to help with major or minor issues; readily available to answer any question; definitely goes the second (and third) mile to make sure I am fully informed and comfortable with everything that is being handled by her and her competent staff. I have never had a "professional" be more "personal" in their caring of all I was going through. I am eternally grateful.
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Posted by Chuck | January 13, 2014
Estate Planning and Sales
I have known Donna for many years. What started as a friendship has grown to include a business collaboration. Donna is a hard working, knowledgeable attorney who puts her clients' interests first. She has entrusted me to sell estate properties for some of her clients, and while respecting my own knowledge of real estate (I've been a Realtor for over 22 years), she still asks the pertinent questions. I consider myself fortunate to have such a competent professional as one of my friends.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Wilson Law, PLC
  • 2006 - Present

Education

  • Regents College
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Old Dominion University
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A
  • James Madison University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A
  • Old Dominion University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • N/A
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Legal Cases

  • Helping seniors plan for uncertainty.
  • Education for seniors on Virginia solutions.

Associations

  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2007 - 2015
  • American Bar Association, Estate Planning Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2015
  • WIlliamsburg Business Network
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Chamber of Commerce WIlliamsburg
  • 2006 - 2006
  • Greater Peninsula Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2018
  • Best Place to Work
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Attorneys
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2014
  • Hampton Roads TOP Wealth Managers
  • Hampton Roads Magazine
  • 2011
  • Professional Excellence
  • The National Association of Professional Women
  • 2011
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • 2000
  • Honored Member
  • Cambridge Who's Who
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Wealth Counsel Estate Planning Strategies
  • Revocable Living Trusts, Pour Over Wills, and Probate Avoidance
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • PEP Talk
  • Coffee with Donna: Bring in New Business with Educational Monthly Events
  • 2017
  • Self Discovery Series
  • What Legacy are you Leaving your Loved Ones?
  • 2017
  • "Elder Exploitation: How to recognize and prevent it, and local resources,"
  • "Elder Exploitation: How to recognize and prevent it, and local resources"
  • 2015
  • Government Benefits: Buyer Beware
  • Government Benefits: Buyer Beware: How do you recognize when you are getting bad guidance from a Medic id or Veteran's Benefits advisor?
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (13)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. She is passionate about her work and attends to the necessary details to working with her clients. I have been to presentations she is done - thorough, sensible and clearly very knowledgeable."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Other
"Donna is knowledgeable and really cares about her clients! I wouldn’t hesitate to send anyone to her!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Donna is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who has expert knowledge, but more importantly always has her clients best interests at heart. I highly recommend her!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Donna Wilson for many years. She is an excellent attorney who practices in the Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, and surrounding areas of Virginia. Donna understands the unique needs of her clients and has significant experience helping her clients and their families in the areas of estate planning, trust administration and probate. When I recommend an attorney in Virginia, I recommend Donna."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Donna Wilson for all aspects of estate planning and administration."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donna is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend her to any client needing legal services in any of her practice areas."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Donna is an experienced attorney. She provides excellent legal advice and passionate counsel to her clients. If I have a client, friend, or family member who needs legal services in Virginia, I do not hesitate to recommend Donna."
Elder law Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Donna Wilson is a compassionate, dedicated attorney in Williamsburg, Virginia. I have known Donna for years and have personally seen her commitment to her clients, the professionals she works with and her community. She is an excellent attorney and counselor. Virginia is lucky to have her. I avidly endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Attorney Donna Wilson on many Legal matters. She is by far the most competent and hardworking Estate Planner I know. Many attorneys do Estate planning on the side; NOT Donna. She has dedicated her career to stay on the cutting edge of Estate Planning. You can trust her to do a great job for you and your clients."
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Williamsburg Probate Lawyer Donna L. Wilson
Donna L. Wilson
Probate Attorney
Williamsburg, VA
Licensed for 17 years
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