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Over the past 98 years, the Oast family has built a unique legal practice of quality and distinction. All of the employees currently at Oast & Taylor were formerly employed at Oast & Hook, and before that, the Oasts share a longstanding history of practicing law.


The family began practicing law in 1915 in Portsmouth, Virginia. J. Alden, Edward L. and William H. Oast founded the Oast, Oast & Oast law firm, and it has been continually adapting and evolving ever since.


Following in his father’s footsteps, William H. Oast Jr. began practicing law in 1950. Twenty-six years later, the state legislature elected him as a judge of the Circuit Court of Portsmouth.


It only seemed natural for William (Bill) H. Oast III to continue the family tradition. In 1974, he started at the law firm Babb & Oast, which later became Oast & Hook.

In 2012, Bill left Oast & Hook to form Oast & Taylor. Six out of seven attorneys and the entire professional staff joined him. Today, they strive for ongoing exceptional service and legal counsel, assisting residents throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.


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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    4 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    4 years
  3. Guardianship: 25%
    4 years
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
    4 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Oast & Taylor PLC

355 Crawford Street
Suite 720
Portsmouth, VA, 23704

Oast & Taylor PLC

277 Bendix Road
Suite 400
Virginia Beach, VA, 23452



VAAuthorized to practice law197410/09/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Past FellowAmerican Academy of Matrimonial LawyersN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentOast & Taylor PLC2012 - Present
President and Senior PartnerOast & Hook, P.C.1974 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Virginia Beach Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Portsmouth Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates SectionN/AN/A
Virginia State Bar, Senior Lawyers ConferencePast Board MemberN/A
Portsmouth Rotary ClubPast PresidentN/A
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Virginia chapter)Past President1991 - 1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington and Lee University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Washington and Lee University School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia State Bar 74th Annual MeetingLawyers Serving Virginia’s Senior Citizens Using the Senior Citizens Handbook2012
Various Churches in Hampton RoadsEstate Planning and Elder Law2012
Various Churches in Hampton RoadsEstate Planning and Elder Law2011
Various Churches in Hampton RoadsEstate Planning and Elder Law2010
Various Churches in Hampton RoadsEstate Planning and Elder Law2009