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M. Eldridge Blanton III

Estate planning Attorney at Richmond, VA

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  • Licensed for 29 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1994
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M. Eldridge Blanton, III focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning and retirement planning, including wealth preservation–or asset protection–in all its facets.  His special niche is the preparation of comprehensive estate and/or retirement plans for clients interested in asset protection, charitable giving, and other specialized goals, such as the transfer of family assets in a manner which is sensitive to income, estate, gift and generation-skipping taxes. His retirement planning services focus on optimum use of qualified retirement plans and individual retirement accounts.

 Eldridge also practices in the field of elder law, advising clients of options for their senior years, including the purchase of long term care insurance with Medicaid as an ultimate safety net.

Eldridge was born in Richmond and raised in Cumberland County, Virginia. He is a civil engineering graduate of VMI and a former officer in the U.S. Army (artillery). He worked 29 years for C & P telephone Co. and Bell Atlantic (now Verizon), retiring as the Assistant to the President for Virginia Operations.

Embarking on a second career, Eldridge entered the University of Richmond’s School of Law, where he served as Editor-in Chief of the University of Richmond Law Review.

Upon graduating from law school in 1994, Eldridge worked in the Richmond office of the District Counsel for the IRS and earned a Master of Laws degree in taxation from the College of William and Mary’s School of Law.

The author and co-author of several published articles in the field of tax and estate planning, his objective is to assist families with their tax and estate planning as part of their overall financial planning.

Eldridge 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 to offer legal services nationwide, as part of a virtual law firm of over 1500 attorneys.


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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Principal
  • Legacy Law Group, PLC
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Coates & Davenport, P.C.
  • 1995 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • IRS Richmond Office (Office of the District Counsel)
  • 1995 - 1995
  • Assistant to the President for VA Operations
  • C & P Telephone Co./Verizon
  • 1962 - 1991
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  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1996
  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Richmond
  • MA - Masters
  • 1972
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1962
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  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Virginia Gift Planning Council
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Financial Planning Association
  • Past Board Member
  • N/A
  • Kiwanis Club of Richmond
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Estate Planning Council of Richmond
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Past Board Member
  • 2011 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • Virginia Bar Association Journal
  • “The Future of Estate Tax: An Analysis from Six Perspectives”
  • 1996
  • University of Richmond Law Review
  • “Who Gets a Dead Man’s Gold? The Dilemma of Lottery Winnings Paid to a Decedent’s Estate”
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • Public Seminar
  • Wills vs. Trusts: It’s Not About the Documents … It’s About the Results
  • 2018
  • Continuing Education Course
  • TCJA 2017
  • 2018
  • VASEA Spring Seminar
  • Use of Trusts and the American Taxpayers Relief Act of 2013
  • 2013
  • Public Seminar
  • American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012
  • 2013
  • Public Seminar
  • Leaving, Grieving and Thieving: Making You the Only Loss
  • 2011
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Eldridge for many years, even prior to becoming a work colleague, and have always admired his intellect and his deep knowledge of estate planning issues and tools. Eldridge truly enjoys his work, and has the experience and ability to find great solutions for challenging estates, whether it be estate or gift tax concerns, blended family issues or just protection of beneficiaries and their inheritances. I wholeheartedly endorse Eldridge as an Estate Planning Attorney."

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Richmond Estate planning Lawyer M. Eldridge Blanton III
M. Eldridge Blanton III
Estate planning Attorney
Richmond, VA
Licensed for 29 years
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