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About me

I practiced law in the Boston area for over 20 years before moving to Virginia in 1999 to help care for my parents, so I have experienced many of the challenges my clients and their loved ones address in the estate planning process.  For that reason, I can speak from personal experience when I counsel clients about the benefits of estate planning, and the difference good planning and sound documents can make to those who find themselves caring for family members.  I was a teacher before I was a lawyer, and know that 'knowlege is power' so I try to spread the word and simplify planning concepts to help folks understand what they can do to protect themselves and their family members before a crisis strikes.


 


In addition to speaking before various civic, retirement, church, alumni and colleges (some of which are listed on this site), I enjoy teaching an advanced estate planning seminar as an Adjunct Professor at the Marshall-Wythe Law School of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.   If you are interested in having a speaker at your group or organization, please let me know!


 


When I'm not in my office or guest speaking, my husband and I take advantage of our proximity to the Chesapeake Bay on our sailboat.  As for many others in our area, boating can be a great source of relaxation.  

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Trusts: 55%
    24 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    24 years, 1.25 thousand cases
  3. Probate: 15%
    24 years, 350 cases
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    27 years, 75 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph M. Masiuk

    I have had the privilege of knowing Susan through our affiliation with the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. I can attest to the high level of her legal knowledge, ethical sensibilities and sincere desire to help her clients. I confidently endorse this lawyer.

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    Joseph Masiuk Estate planning Attorney
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  • Dennis Daniel Duffy

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Susan for many years as a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys even back to her practice in Massachusettes. She is a caring person and makes the difficult issues easy for clients to understand. I would not hesitate to refer a client to her.

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    Dennis Duffy Trusts Attorney
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Contact info

The Peninsula Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

263 McLaws Circle
Suite 104
Williamsburg, VA, 23185-5674

The Peninsula Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law

One City Center
11815 Fountain Way, Suite 300
Newport News, VA, 23606-4448

Suite 800
701 Town Center Drive
Newport News, VA, 23606

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
VAAuthorized to practice law199910/09/2009
MAInactive197708/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorCollege of William & Mary Law School2005 - Present
PartnerJones Blechman Woltz & Kelly PC2006 - 2010
PartnerJean & Luscomb LLC2001 - 2006
PartnerTanner Mulkey Gordon & Luscomb PC1999 - 2001
PartnerLuscomb & English1982 - 1999
Associate AttorneyHoffman & Hoffman1980 - 1982
Associate AttorneyLubin & Meyer1977 - 1980
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Newport News Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilN/A2000 - Present
Virginia State BarMember1999 - Present
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysCharter Member1993 - Present
Chesapeake Retirement Community Board of AdvisorsBoard Member2003 - 2008
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Guiding Those Left Behind in VirginiaSettling the Affairs of Your Loved One2006
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Michigan State UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia State Retirement System Quarterly (have spoken each time since 2005)Estate Planning for Teachers2009
Estate Administration: Why Each Step is ImportantVirginia Estate Administration Statutes2009
Estate Planning for SeniorsElder Law and Estate Planning Issues2008
Lions Club Dinner Guest SpeakerEstate and Trust Planning Basics2007
Incorporating Uniform Trust Code Changes into Your PracticeIntroduction to the Uniform Trust Code2006
What's New in Estate PlanningHIPAA: How the Privacy Policy Impacts Your Estate Plan2004
Living Wills in Light of the Schiavo CaseLiving Wills and the Persistent Vegetative State2004
Planning for the Future: Dealing with the PresentEstate Planning from a Christian Perspective2003
Peninsula Agency on Aging FairTrust Planning for Seniors2003
10 Point Estate Planning Check-UpElder Law and Estate Planning2003
Annual Meeting - Virginia Retired EngineersTrust Planning2002
Annual Alumni Conference10 Point Estate Planning Check-Up2002