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M. Powell Peters

Estate planning Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

5.0   1 review

also known as McGlemre Powell Peters

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  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 32 years
    North Carolina - NC 37 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1992
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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

About M.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Attorney Peters has been helping the great people of Virginia plan their estates since 1992. He routinely prepares wills, trusts, POAs, and medical directives. For all your options, call him today for a consultation.

  2. Probate
    Attorney Peters can help you with your probate. Call him today for thoughtful guidance through the process and put your mind at ease.

  3. Trusts
    It can be daunting to navigate the legal and administrative issues that arise after a family member or other loved one passes away. There's much responsibility as the executor, personal representative or trustee of a loved one’s estate or trust.

  4. Elder law
    Elder law planning is best done proactively but too often driven by a medical event that creates a need for in-home, assisted living or nursing home care. The costs of long-term care can be prohibitive, and many seniors cannot afford them.

  5. Tax
    Planning often includes taking advantage of available gift tax exclusions and creating dynasty and other trusts to reduce estate and generation-skipping taxes.

  6. Power of attorney

  7. Wills and living wills


M. Powell Peters’ practice consists largely of advising clients with tax advantaged ways to transfer wealth.  Also, he works in the areas of trust administration, fiduciary income tax matters, fiduciary litigation and the administration of complex estates.  Mr. Peters has represented many charitable trusts, public charities, foundations and trust departments. He has lectured on these subjects for the ODU Tax Conference, Virginia Society of CPA’s, National Business Institute, North Carolina Bar Association and others.  An Elizabeth City, North Carolina native, he represents many clients in North Carolina as well as Virginia.

He was a Senior Tax Consultant at Ernst & Young from 1986 to 1991.   Mr. Peters joined Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd, P.C. in 1991.  He was “Of Counsel” while he served as the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Approved Financial Corporation.  Mr. Peters joined Wolcott Rivers in 1995 and, through a merger, it joined with his prior firm to become Wolcott Rivers Gates.


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Wolcott Rivers Gates
200 Bendix Road
Suite 300
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452


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Posted by anonymous | May 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Powell has been our personal attorney for at least 25 years. I am a financial planner and understand the need to keep legal plans up to date. When I need to reach him, I get a response from him or his legal assistant in a timely fashion. As our children grew and our situation became more complex, he kept our Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Medical Directives up to date. He has also done work for my adult children at my behest when they lived in North Carolina or Virginia. They have liked him and his work very much. Some of my clients have chosen to use his services and they have learned that Powell works well with their other advisors. He cares deeply about his clients and you cannot buy that attribute.
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AVVO RATING 7.9 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney & Counselor at Law
  • Wolcott Rivers Gates
  • 1995 - Present
  • Attorney and Counselor at Law
  • Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd PC
  • 1991 - 1995
  • Senior Tax Consultant
  • Ernst & Young
  • 1986 - 1991


  • Wake Forest University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bank of the Commonwealth
  • All fiduciary relations were successfully terminated and the bank closed its trust department.


  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • Past President
  • 1992 - Present
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • Board Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Basic Estate Administration for the Virginian Paralegal
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual CLE
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Estate planning Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. Honest, highly competent, diligent, and knowledgeable."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Peters answers are accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Co-worker
"Powell is an excellent Estate Administration and Estate Planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Powell has always done an excellent job assisting my clients with estate planning."
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