Skip to main content

Spencer Matthew Baxter

Estate planning Attorney at Richmond Va, VA

5.0   56 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Spencer

Learn Spencer’s areas of practice.

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.

 

 

Photos and videos

Location

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
Hide locations

Similar lawyers nearby

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  56 customer reviews
5 Star
 
100%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
0%
Posted by Russ | March 30, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Living Trust Planning
My wife and I contacted the Johnson Gasink & Baxter firm as a referral from a close friend who used their services. We were interested in establishing a living trust and did our homework prior to our consultation with Spencer Baxter. We went to his office for an initial meeting and explained our perceived goals . Spencer reviewed our desired plan and made suggestions on areas of estate planning that we had not even thought of, and put together a comprehensive trust plan that covered all of our needs. He and his team gave us a thorough overview of the working aspects of the entire trust package and assured future access to answer any questions that we may have. We are very pleased with the professionalism, the meticulous trust package, and the patience given in explaining each and every aspect of our estate plan. I highly recommend this firm and this attorney.
Read less
Posted by John | March 25, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great job handling our estate planning needs.
Mr. Baxter and his associates did a good job putting together a Living Trust for my wife and me. He did a thorough job explaining all the intricacies inherent in a trust and the benefits of that method of estate planning versus a will. He took the time to answer all of our questions and at no time did we feel rushed or hurried. We recommend Mr. Baxter without any hesitation.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 15, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Well constructed trust
We have had our trust done and revised 3 times. This is the first time we felt that all details of a well constructed trust was considered and covered. Spencer met with us twice. The first was on a Zoom call where we discussed what we needed and details about each aspect of the trust. He explained pros and cons and made recommendations that he felt would be best for our family trust. The second time we met in person to sign the documents for the trust. He also included a section for us to list details regarding our daily business dealings to assist in administering the trust when it became necessary. For the first time we feel that our trust covers all of our needs.
Read less
Posted by Tim | February 17, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusts explained fully
Spencer Baxter was able to take me through the advantages of a trust versus a standard will and dealing with probate. My children are not able to carry out the duties of a trustee so having Spencer act as the successor trustee was a great relief. He has worked with me to craft all needed documents for end of life, medical directives, etc. Everyone at JG&B are very professional and quick to help. I especially like being part of their Trust Guard program as well.
Read less
Posted by Patrick | February 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy and Comfortable Process
Helped us understand what or why a Trust is beneficial. I had it in my head that Trusts were only for the very wealthy - but after reviewing with Spencer realized it was a great tool for our household as we have family all over the country and how we could make the process much easier for them in case of a tragic accident. The process was very easy including making appointments, staff are all very nice and it's a comfortable atmosphere! Highly Recommend.
Read less
Posted by Margie | August 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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.
Read less
Posted by Steve | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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.
Read less
Posted by Skip | April 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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.
Read less
Posted by John D. | January 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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.
Read less
Posted by Dave | April 17, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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.
View less reviews

Cost

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

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.3 (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
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and 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
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer: Estate Planning & Probate Law
  • Hampton Roads Magazine
  • 2011
  • Richmond Outstanding Young Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star in the field of Estate Planning and Probate
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Richmond Outstanding Young Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate
  • Richmond Magazine
  • 2010
  • Eagle Scout
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • 1999
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

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

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Spencer
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."
View more endorsements
Estate planning
Criminal defense
Estate planning
Estate planning

Avvo Contributions

This attorney hasn't created any legal answers in Q&A or legal guides recently on Avvo.

Richmond Va Estate planning Lawyer Spencer Matthew Baxter
Spencer Matthew Baxter
Estate planning Attorney
Richmond Va, VA
Licensed for 16 years
Free Consultation