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James William Garrett

Estate planning Attorney at Richmond, VA

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Wills, Trusts (Revocable and Irrevocable), Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Elder law

    14 years

  2. Probate
    After-death administration of estates and trusts

    14 years

Jim Garrett is a Principal of Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC. and has practiced law for over twenty years. Before narrowing his practice to estate planning, his practice areas included real estate, business law and consumer protection. Today Jim uses his knowledge and experience in the estate planning context, especially for blended families or those with asset protection concerns.


Jim believes that estate planning is not just for the benefit of the client, but also for the client’s surviving loved ones, valued charities and later generations of the client’s family. That is why he takes time to get to know the client’s goals and concerns. Jim also believes that estate planning is not just for the wealthy and that a current estate plan represents good stewardship regardless of how much wealth a client may possess.


Jim is a member of Wealth Counsel, a national organization of estate planning attorneys with members in all fifty states. Membership in Wealth Counsel permits Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC to offer legal services nationwide, as part of a virtual law firm of over 1500 attorneys.

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Licensed for 32 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1990
Updated 10/01/2022

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Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC
Forest Plaza II, Suite 310
7275 Glen Forest Drive
Richmond, VA, 23226


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Work Experience

  • Managing Principal
  • Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Snook & Haughey, P.C.
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Program Director
  • Worldstrides
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Attorney
  • James W. Garrett & Associates
  • 1992 - 1996
  • Associate
  • George H. Dygert & Associates
  • 1990 - 1992
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  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD
  • 1989
  • Wheaton College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986


  • Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Board of Governors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Advisors Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Christian Legal Society
  • President-Richmond Chapter
  • 2008 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Richmond Enrolled Agent
  • Trusts 101
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jim is a truly great attorney. He combines a tremendous knowledge of trust and estate planning with a caring focus on the individual needs of his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He understands his clients' needs and prepares documents to meet those needs"
Estate planning

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Richmond Estate planning Lawyer James William Garrett
James William Garrett
Estate planning Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 32 years