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Spencer Matthew Baxter

Estate planning Attorney at Richmond Va, VA

5.0   51 reviews

About Spencer

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I attended Randolph-Macon College for my undergraduate degree (this is also where I met my lovely wife) and Widener University School of Law for my Juris Doctorate degree. I specialize in Estate Planning & Estate Administration: Wills, Trusts, Probate Administration, Trust Administration and Asset Protection. I additionally assist clients in the field of Business Law. I work with my partners and staff at Johnson, Gasink & Baxter, LLP to protect my clients, their family, their businesses, and their wealth. I enjoy speaking as an estate planning expert and I am a certified continuing education instructor on related topics. I am married with two young children and I have two very energetic Labrador Retrievers. Outside of work, my hobbies include fishing, boating, camping, snowboarding, sporting clays, as well as anything else that can keep me outdoors.

 

 

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Licensed for 15 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/01/2022

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

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Johnson, Gasink & Baxter, LLP
3741 B Westerre Parkway
Richmond Va, VA, 23233
Johnson Gasink & Baxter, LLP
1100 Professional Drive
Williamsburg, VA, 23185
Johnson Gasink & Baxter, LLP
4445 Corporation Lane
Suite 252
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462
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Posted by Margie | August 6, 2022
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Will not hesitate to recommend to friends and family.
Spencer patiently walked us through the Trust process and created a document that provides for all of the contingencies that we listed. He and his paralegals were available at all times and knowledgeable of our personal circumstances and concerns. The complicated document was made easier with the checklist and homework items listed for us to work through. We used Zoom and a meeting at the Williamsburg office to create our Trust.
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Posted by Steve | April 18, 2022
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Outstanding
We had our Living Trust done by him and he was absolutely perfect. He was there for us.
Posted by Chiyeko | December 29, 2021
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Excellent Lawyer
My husband and I contacted Spencer Baxter to update our trust. He listened to our concerns, provided guidance and made recommendations. He was very helpful and we were happy with the professional service he provided. We would not hesitate to recommend him.
Posted by Albert | June 1, 2021
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Mr
Spencer updated a Trust for is. He did an outstanding job of explaining every step of the process and clearly answering all our questions.
Posted by Jeannie | May 5, 2021
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A Great Choice!
We hired Spencer to help us navigate through making the best choice of utilizing a wills or a trust. He was clear, concise and thorough with each step explaining all for us as we went along. Spencer was an utter professional and a pleasure to work with as were all in his office. We highly recommend Spencer Baxter!
Posted by Henry & Wally | April 20, 2021
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Estate Planning
Spencer and his team put our Trust together. He did an outstanding job of explaining every step of the process and answering all our questions. It is never easy trying to frankly discuss a subject like this, but his approach made it easier and we felt much better working it with him. I'd recommend Spencer to any family wanting to work through a very complicated subject.
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Posted by Skip | April 18, 2021
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Retired Navy Couple
Spencer and his team, including Terry Gerber, helped us develop our estate documents through a professional and patient process. We feel confident now that our children will have the guidance they need in dealing with our estate.
Posted by Andrea | January 10, 2021
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Estate Planning and Trust update
My husband and I worked with Spencer to set up out living trust. We now needed to update the Trust for some personal changes and due to law changes. Spencer is through and professional and provided guidance needed regarding changes in the law that we would otherwise not know about. I highly recommend Spencer Baxter for Estate planning needs.
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Posted by John D. | January 10, 2021
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Thorough legal guidance
My wife and I recently worked with Spencer Baxter to set up a revokable living trust to replace significantly outdated individual wills. Spencer walked us through a complete estate plan including creation and registration of a family living trust, individual power of attorney documents, and individual health directives. Spencer is easy to work with, and patient with any questions that you have. I'm pleased to recommend him for your estate planning needs.
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Posted by Dave | April 17, 2020
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Updated Power of Attorney
Worked with Spencer on Will Review and Power of Attorney review. Gave me excellent advice on changes needed on power of attorney. I would gladly recommend Spencer to any friend.
Posted by Melissa | November 14, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
Couldn't have had a more positive experience. My husband and I had been putting off our estate planning because we just didn't feel comfortable with all the details. Mr. Baxter was recommended to us by a friend and we were impressed by his direct, professional, and yet friendly, approach to this tedious task.
Posted by Dave and Jessie | August 25, 2019
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Estate Planning
Spencer put a Trust together for is. He did an outstanding job of explaining every step of the process and answering all our questions. He was very easy-going and helpful throughout andade us feel comfortable with a very complicated subject.
Posted by Fred and Jane Niethamer | December 7, 2018
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Fred and Jane Niethamer
Excellent service and very accommodating. Easy to talk with and made us feel very comfortable. Took care of all our needs.
Posted by Stan | October 9, 2018
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Thorough and professional
Spencer Baxter created a family living trust for us. He was very thorough, personable, and professional. Highly recommend.
Posted by Cheryl | July 30, 2017
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Spencer Baxter is great Estate Planning Attorney
Spencer Baxter was very easy to work with. We previously had separate trusts which neither my husband nor myself understood. He prepared a joint family trust and took the time and made sure we understood everything. We feel very relieved and assured that our wishes have been laid out as planned.
Posted by Alan | April 25, 2017
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Estate Planning
Spenser Baxter developed a thorough and clear estate plan and living trust. He explained everything and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend Spencer.
Posted by Eric | February 13, 2017
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Estate Planning
Spencer helped me get out of a bureaucratic nightmare with my father's estate, which helped convince me to make arrangements so that my kids would not have to go through the same thing. He set up everything for my wife and I so that our property and our kids are protected for contingencies we didn't even think of.
Posted by Jim | October 10, 2016
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Estate Planning
Spencer was recommended by our financial adviser. Personable, professional and thorough. I too highly recommend Spencer. A job extremely well done.
Posted by James | October 8, 2016
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Living Trust
After the death of my wife Mr. Baxter was recommended by my financial advisor for a review of my existing Will and financial portfolio. His review was thorough, informative and crystal clear. Mr. Baxter initiated a complete and comprehensive estate distribution for my children. I was very impressed with his professionalism and others in his firm. My tust documents were well organized and professionally written. I highly recommend the services of Mr. Baxter.
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Posted by Tim | June 2, 2016
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Professional
Spencer was professional and knowledgeable and helped us through the entire process of setting up our living trust as well as initiating the process of entering assets. Down to earth and all around good person to deal with. Thank you
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-450 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Johnson, Gasink & Baxter, LLP
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Ferris & Associates
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Contract Attorney
  • Bizport
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • Widener University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Associations

  • Henrico County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Hanover County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Peninsula Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Williamsburg Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Attorney
  • 2007 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Lawyer of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2019
  • Rising Star in the field of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer: Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star in the field of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Attorneys of the 757
  • Hampton Roads Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star in the field of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer: Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • Hampton Roads Magazine
  • 2012
  • Richmond Outstanding Young Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star in the Field of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Richmond Outstanding Young Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer: Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • Hampton Roads Magazine
  • 2011
  • Richmond Outstanding Young Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 2010
  • Rising Star in the field of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2013
  • Estate Planning
  • Retirement Planning Today
  • 2013
  • NAIFA Monthly Meeting
  • Medicaid in VA
  • 2013
  • Association for Continuing Legal Education
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples
  • 2012
  • NBI Continuing Education
  • Estate Tax Planning
  • 2012
  • Association for Continuing Legal Education
  • Keeping the Inheritance in the Family
  • 2011
  • NAIFA Monthly Meeting
  • Special Needs Planning
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Spencer takes great care of his clients. He helps them apply for Medicaid and Veteran's Benefits."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Richmond Va Estate planning Lawyer Spencer Matthew Baxter
Spencer Matthew Baxter
Estate planning Attorney
Richmond Va, VA
Licensed for 15 years
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