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William Henry Carmines

Estate planning Attorney at Williamsburg, VA

4.9   10 reviews

also known as William H. Carmines, Will Carmines

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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found

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

About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas

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 my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and my dachshund, London.

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Waltrip & Campbell, PC
4805 Courthouse Street
Suite 204
Williamsburg, VA, 23188


4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Saved me from my step-sisters!
Highly recommend! I hired Attorney Carmines to help with settling my mother's estate. Her estate was fairly large, and was going to me and my brother and to our step-sisters. The step-sisters were fighting everything I tried to do. They even threatened to take me to court. He stepped in, and calmed the situation down. Then he helped me with a plan to settle the estate, handling the court filings, and was always there to help. And I never had to speak to the step-sisters again (what a relief!). I was confident that he was protecting me. His fees were reasonable, and the end result was exactly what I wanted.
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Posted by Diane | April 1, 2017
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Very helpful!
Will helped me with settling my mother's estate. I was the executrix and was having difficulty with a sibling - with getting information, getting responses... Will helped me a lot with negotiating with her partner to finalize the estate, as well as guiding me with probate filings. He's not always the most responsive, and his great guidance and clear explanations outweigh this. I definitely recommend Will.
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Posted by Deborah | December 22, 2016
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Revising a will
I am beyond satisfied with William Carmines. He helped me and my husband update our will, and he was thorough and competent. He made us feel at home with the whole process and answered every question we had. Very professional and polite.
Posted by Linda | August 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Will was a very patient and understanding attorney. He explained everything in my estate planning and helped me understand the more complicated areas of my plan. I never felt rushed and I would highly recommend William in his all of his areas of expertise.
Posted by Joan A. Dery | October 16, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Handled bill collection of sisters estate, and my will/testement...
My sister pasted away in Dec of 2013, and I was having difficulty with a few debt collectors, in that they were not satisfied with the correspondents that I sent them reporting that there was no monies to pay her bills. Mr. Carmines and the staff did a fantastic job in their correspondence and eased a lot of my worries due to that I thought I would be responsible for payment. In 2015 my renal failure reach a point of needing medical attention, so I returned to Mr. Carmines and had my last will and testament, POA, and Advance Directive worked up. He and his staff made me feel comfortable while in the office, and did an exceptional job explaining the in/outs of the legal documents. Answered all questions in a way that made the documents understandable. If I have any further legal issues that need to be addressed Mr. Carmines and his staff will be called upon again. Thank you.
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Posted by Bryan | October 4, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Estate Settlement Assistance
Mr Carmines has an excellent demeanor and grasped the entirety of my issue with minimal explanation. Within one meeting, he was able to provide me with a clear explanation to the meaning of, what were for me, confusing and complex legal terms found within my mother's living trust. Before the meeting ended, he was able to provide me with a notarized written interpretation that I was able to provide to a financial institution who's internal legal department were providing me multiple differing opinions on how to interpret and settle the living trust account. Mr Carmines expedient and professional work was of significant benefit to me as I settled my mother's estate.
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Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2015
Professional, thorough, pleasant
A truly professional, knowledgable, personable lawyer who helped me update my trust, medical and financial powers of attorney, will, and successfully assisted in recovery of retirement funds.
Posted by Joanne | December 18, 2013
Very pleased with legal advice
My husband and I required updates for several documents for estate planning - trusts, wills, powers of attorney, medical directves, etc. Mr. Carmines thoroughly reviewed our documents and provided sound recommendations for all our documents.
Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2013
Handled with Care
Mr. Carmines is an easy, pleasant communicator. His expertise in estate planning provided new insights and his thoughtfulness throughout made for a positive first experience.
Posted by anonymous | December 14, 2014
As the Executor of the Estate I met with Mr. Carmines and his staff several times during this process. Each time they were all very professional and pleasant. There were times when I felt like the process was taking a long time (15 months) from start to finish. One major problem with this process. A certified document was mailed to an address and recipient who not only did not live at that address, but the address that the document was mailed to was the address of the property that was sold in finalizing the estate.
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  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-300 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Waltrip & Campbell, PC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Heritage Law Group
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Partner
  • Holcomb & Carmines, P.C.
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of William H. Carmines
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Treasurer
  • Virginia SoloSolutions
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Associate Attorney
  • Susan I. Jean & Associates
  • 2007 - 2010
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2010
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Supreme Court Appeal
  • Virginia Supreme Court ruled in our favor


  • Peninsula Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Asset Protection Society
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Republican National Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2015
  • Student Conference Chair - Mock V.P. Debate
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • 2004
  • Benjamin Stoddard Ewell Award
  • College of William and Mary
  • 1999


  • Wealthcounsel Estate Planning Strategies: Collective Wisdom, Proven Techniques
  • Revocable Living Trusts - Trustee Distribution Powers
  • 2009
  • Kabul Statute of the International Terrorism Tribunal
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar for local Professionals
  • Death, Feuding Families and Battling Beneficiaries
  • 2013
  • Presentation for Residents
  • Long Term Care Benefits
  • 2013
  • Luncheon Presentation
  • Estate Planning, Government Benefits Planning and aging at home safely
  • 2013
  • Christopher Wren Society
  • Advanced Estate Planning Issues
  • 2013
  • Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council monthly meeting
  • 2013 and Beyond... Tax Changes and Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Monthly meeting
  • Advanced Estate Planning
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (9)
Endorse William
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"Will joined our firm in January of 2018. Since then he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of Estate Planning, Probate, and Business matters. I highly recommend him for anyone planning for end of life matters."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Attorney Carmines is very experienced in estate planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. Whenever I have a question or ask for his input, he takes the time to provide a well-researched and clearly-articulated answer. He uses these same skills to provide his clients with high-quality representation. He is an excellent mentor."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"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."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. He combines a thorough knowledge of the law with a personal commitment to insure his clients will receive highly professional estate planning, estate administration and other related services."