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E. Jane Smart Hansch is an Estate Planning Attorney with Rabalais Law, a multi-state estate planning law firm.  Jane Smart Hansch is passionate about estate planning because she always had a close relationship with her grandparents.  In fact, Jane is named for both of her grandmothers, with whom she always had a special bond.  Jane is pleased to be serving the people of Virginia with the education and experiences she has been blessed to receive around the world.

In all that she does, Jane Smart Hansch is intuitively able to connect well with clients, and meets them in difficult legal situations with compassion and understanding. Jane understands the true meaning of personalized service, and works to communicate and create plans of action that are appropriate and tailored to each client’s estate planning needs.

E. Jane Smart Hansch is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina, and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her first year at Carolina Law, Jane received the Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. While at Carolina, she also worked on the staff of the Graduate Student Attorney General, and was a member of Carolina Women in Law and the Christian Legal Society.

Jane Smart Hansch graduated suma cum laude with Honors from Salem College with her B.A. degrees in International Relations and Spanish. She received the President’s Prize for International Relations along with Departmental Honors in Spanish. Jane was also the first student in the history of Salem College to receive the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award for showing remarkable character and integrity, and by demonstrating a commitment to serving others.

Shaped by a passion for experiential learning, Jane Smart Hansch was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to La Plata, Argentina in 2006 and later spent a year working as a Christian campus minister in Beirut, Lebanon. Drawing from her unique education and experiences, Jane’s approach in working with each client is to create the best possible estate settlement plan for each client's needs.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 100%


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    I have known Jane since she started law school, and know her to be smart, dedicated, and caring. It is my pleasure to endorse her.


    Maria Mangano
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  • C. Adam Barrington III

    Jane Smart is a great attorney who represents her clients with zeal and passion. I've known Jane since law school, where she was an excellent student. I look forward to referring clients to her in the Winterville, NC area.


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Contact info

Rabalais Law, LLC

105 Nat Turner Blvd.
Newport News, VA, 23606


VAAuthorized to practice law201503/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of Completion: Over 100 Hours of Pro Bono WorkUniversity of North Carolina School of Law2012
Gressman-Pollitt Award for Outstanding Oral AdvocacyUniversity of North Carolina School of Law2010
Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardAlgernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation2005
President's Prize for International RelationsSalem College2005
Rotary Ambassadorial ScholarRotary International2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Mount Olive2013 - 2015
Owner & Attorney at LawThe Smart Law Firm2012 - 2015
3rd Year Certified Practitioner; Civil ClinicUniversity Of North Carolina School Of Law2011 - 2012
Law ClerkThe Law Office of Frederic W. Whitehurst2011 - 2011
Law ClerkGraham, Nuckolls, & Conner, PLLC2011 - 2011
Law ClerkThe Honorable James J. Brown2010 - 2010
Law ClerkLegal Aid Of North Carolina, Inc.2010 - 2010
Latino Housing Clinic InterpreterSouthern Coalition for Social Justice2009 - 2010
Innocence Project VolunteerNorth Carolina Center on Actual Innocence2009 - 2009
Staff InternCampus Crusade for Christ2007 - 2009
Deputy Clerk of CourtPitt County Clerk of Court2007 - 2007
English as a Second Language TeacherPitt County Schools2005 - 2006
InternAssociation for Diplomatic Studies & Training2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Virginia Women Attorneys AssociationMember2015 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyMember2009 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Special Legal Report"Estate Planning in Virginia"2016
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
Salem CollegeInternational Relations & SpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning SeminarEstate Planning2016