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I am the managing partner of The Heritage Law Group.  A regional law firm with four offices in the Hampton Roads area offering personalized services.  


I personally focus my practice on estate planning, estate, trust and conservatorship administration, fiduciary services, fiduciary litigation, asset protection, wealth preservation, elder law, and business planning.  However, our Firm handles a wide range of legal services to meet your needs.


I began my career in Washington, D.C. where I worked on Capitol Hill and with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. I have been practicing law in the Hampton Roads area since 2007.


I have advanced my interests in estate planning law and family counselling with extensive education. I earned an L.L.M. (Master of Laws) degree in estate planning and elder law in 2010. I attained my Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where I was an associate editor of the International Law Review.  Legal research I completed in that program has been published and used as a teaching aid by professors in law schools. I am also a contributing author for a book on estate planning.


I am a native of Poquoson, Virginia and have lived in the Hampton Roads area for most of my life.  I am the past President of the Board of Directors for the Historic Triangle Senior Center.  I am a member of the Williamsburg Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association.  In addition to my other community interests, I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Virginia Bar Association and the Williamsburg Kiwanis Club.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and my dachshund, London, working out at the gym and running.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    10 years
  2. Probate: 35%
    10 years
  3. Elder Law: 15%
    10 years
  4. Business: 10%
    10 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (90 minutes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I endorse this lawyer as an experienced estate estate planning and estate administration attorney. He and his assistant, Trisha, work hard to help their clients navigate the complexities of the estate administration process and complex estate planning.


    Heather Wilson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Patrick Craig Murphrey

    William Carmines is one of my supervising attorneys. He cares deeply about his clients and helping them achieve their goals. As a supervising attorney, he promotes and encourages the professional growth and development of myself and fellow Associates. I strongly endorse this attorney.


    Patrick Murphrey State, local, and municipal law Attorney
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Contact info

The Heritage Law Group

4345 New Town Ave.
Suite 107
Williamsburg, VA, 23188


VAAuthorized to practice law200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top LawyersCoastal Virginia Magazine2015
Student Conference Chair - Mock V.P. DebateCase Western Reserve University2004
Benjamin Stoddard Ewell AwardCollege of William and Mary1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerThe Heritage Law Group2012 - Present
PartnerHolcomb & Carmines, P.C.2011 - Present
OwnerLaw Offices of William H. Carmines2010 - 2011
TreasurerVirginia SoloSolutions2009 - 2014
Associate AttorneySusan I. Jean & Associates2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilMember2013 - Present
Virginia Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Asset Protection SocietyMember2008 - Present
WealthCounselMember2007 - Present
Republican National Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2007 - Present
Williamsburg Bar AssociationMember of Pro Bono CommitteeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Supreme Court AppealVirginia Supreme Court ruled in our favor
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wealthcounsel Estate Planning Strategies: Collective Wisdom, Proven TechniquesRevocable Living Trusts - Trustee Distribution Powers2009
Kabul Statute of the International Terrorism Tribunalwww.cwru.edu2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western New England College School of LawElder Law and Estate PlanningLL.M - Master of Laws2010
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
College of William and MaryPsychology and International RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Financial Workshop: Your source for financial educationAdvanced Estate Planning2014
Estate Planning & Elder Law Solutions for You, your family and your assetsEstate Planning Strategies2014
Seminar for local ProfessionalsDeath, Feuding Families and Battling Beneficiaries2013
Presentation for ResidentsLong Term Care Benefits2013
Luncheon PresentationEstate Planning, Government Benefits Planning and aging at home safely2013
Christopher Wren SocietyAdvanced Estate Planning Issues2013
Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council monthly meeting2013 and Beyond... Tax Changes and Estate Planning2012
Monthly meetingAdvanced Estate Planning2009