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Lindsey Ann Coley

Estate planning Attorney at Smith Mountain Lake, VA

5.0   87 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2007
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Lindsey A. Coley, Attorney

Lindsey A. Coley has lived in the Smith Mountain Lake community for over 35 years. She was a partner with a large firm in Roanoke before opening her own law practice at Smith Mountain Lake. In 2017, Lindsey was named to Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Up & Coming Lawyer” list, a distinction awarded to only fifteen attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2018, she was voted “Young Lawyer of the Year” by her fellow members of the Roanoke Bar Association. Lindsey has also been recognized as a Virginia Rising Star for the past ten years (2011-2020) by Virginia Super Lawyers.

Lindsey’s practice focuses on Wills, Trusts & Probate, and she also serves as outside general counsel to local small businesses. She regularly prepares Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives for clients and represents executors, administrators and trustees regarding the administration of trust and estates. Lindsey also assists clients with obtaining guardianship and/or conservatorship of their loved ones and provides guidance on other elder law issues, including applying for Medicaid benefits and planning for long-term care. She advises local businesses on various legal issues and frequently lectures on how small companies can comply with various employment laws. Lindsey also drafts employment contracts, non-compete agreements, employee handbooks and severance agreements, and she frequently advises clients regarding various issues such as overtime, leaves of absence and termination of employment.

As an active member of the community, Lindsey serves on the Board of Directors for many local non-profits, and she served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce in 2019. Lindsey provides pro-bono legal assistance to clients of Blue Ridge Legal Services and she previously coordinated volunteers for the Pro-Bono Hotline for several years. She also chaired the Wills for Heroes Program in 2010, through which local first responders received free Wills, Powers of Attorney and Advance Medical Directives.

Lindsey currently lives in Huddleston with her husband, Joe, and their four children.

Affiliations

• Ex-Officio, Board of Directors, Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce (Board Member 2011-Present) (Chair, 2019)
• Member, Board of Directors, Lake Christian Ministries (2018-Present)
• Member, Board of Directors, Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management (2011-Present)
• Member, Board of Directors, Moneta Rescue Squad (2018-Present)
• Former Member, Virginia Women Attorneys Association (2016-2018)
• Former Member, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2013-2017)
• Former Member, Board of Directors, Children’s Trust Foundation, Roanoke Valley, Inc. (2009-2012)
• Fellow, American Bar Foundation
• Graduate, Hollins University Batten Leadership Institute – Certificate in Professional Leadership
• Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
• Member, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
• Volunteer, Blue Ridge Legal Services Pro-Bono Hotline; Chair (2009-2017)
• Committee Member, American Cancer Society Cure By Design Event (2016-2018)
• Member, Franklin County Human Resource Association (2016-Present)
• Chair, Wills for Heroes (2010)
• Co-Chair, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference (2008-2009)
• Co-Chair, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Women and Minorities in the Law Commission (2009-2010)

Awards

• Named “Young Lawyer of the Year” by the Roanoke Bar Association (2018)
• Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer,” a distinction awarded to only fifteen attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia (2017)
• Named a Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2020)
• Outstanding Volunteer Service Award for co-chairing the 2009 Southern Virginia Minority Pre-Law Conference, Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference (2009 and 2010)

Education

• University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
• University of Dayton School of Business, MBA
• Elon University, B.S. magna cum laude

Published Work

• Co-author, OFCCP Continues to Crack Down on Pay Discrimination, Law360 (2017)
• Co-author, The Virginia Lawyer: A Deskbook for Practitioners, Chapter 13, Estate Planning and Estate Administration (2008-2017)
• Co-author, What Women Really Want, VSB Young Lawyers Conference Docket Call, Vol. 26 No. 4 (Spring 2010)

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Coley Law Firm
16440 Booker T. Washington Hwy
Suite 304B
Smith Mountain Lake, VA, 24121

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Posted by Deborah | November 10, 2023
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The Best
Lindsey is fabulous. She is very knowledgeable, friendly, caring and charges reasonable prices for her services. She was very thorough during our meeting and prepared our documents in a timely manner.
Posted by Diane | November 9, 2023
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Amazing , knowledgeable and fast
Lindsey is knowledgeable and very concise in her explanations. Down to earth and easy to talk to. Got the job done expeditiously.
Posted by Brad | October 20, 2023
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Excellent Service
Lindsey was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in helping us come up with an estate plan that fit our specific needs.
Posted by Rodney | October 17, 2023
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Estate issues - call Lindsey Coley!
Lindsey Coley reviewed our wills and trusts with no changes recommended. She provided us with needed medical and general powers of attorney with patience and grace. I’m sure our executed will depend on Lindsey’s guidance when the time comes. She is a star supported by a superb staff!
Posted by Marie | October 16, 2023
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First Rate in All Aspects
Not only is Lindsey professional and very personable, her entire staff is as well. Lindsey was patient in explaining all of the workings of the documents and so very patient in going over some items more than once to ensure that I understood them. From the drafts to the final documents delivery was always prior to schedule.
Posted by Vanessa | October 2, 2023
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We knew nothing about estate planning; she was a perfect fit for us!
We are in our 60's and have a blended family; all are adults with spouses...PLUS we have a business. It's time to retire and wanted to get all settled; our investment banker highly recommended Lindsey Coley. We let Lindsey know we knew nothing and weren't going to pretend as if we did. She took us by the hand and guided us through the process. NEVER did she "talk down to us". She answered all questions, especially the one's we prefaced with "this might be a stupid question but"! In a timely manner she had all done and we are at ease knowing our family is taken care of once we pass. THREE things to add: her staff is professional and personable. The location of her office is right on a SML cove; take time to have a meal in local restaurant after you've met with Lindsey. And lastly, take a few of the ink pens she offers, excellent writing instruments!
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Posted by Kathy | September 18, 2023
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Excellent Service
Lindsey clarified the difference between a will and trust for us. On her advice we transferred our assets to a trust. She was very thorough and concise on all the paperwork involved. She completed all the necessary forms in a timely manner. We have already referred our friends to her. We are very thankful that she was referred to us by our financial advisor.
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Posted by Jeff | August 23, 2023
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Family Trust
Our lawyer did a great job listening to our needs, desires, conditions, and questions. She did a great job answering our questions, explaining what applicable laws meant, clarifying what we not sure about, and balancing being professional and personal. She was prompt, helpful, and responsive. So were her staff. Lindsey is a great lawyer and a great person!
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Posted by Jeanne | August 21, 2023
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Coley Law Firm
Lindsey Coley handled all of my estate planning with ease. She was very knowledgeable about everything I had questions about. Very professional!! I will definitely use her again if the situation arises!!
Posted by Laurie and John | August 19, 2023
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Outstanding Experience!
We knew little to nothing about the estate planning process. Lindsey was patient and thorough explaining the in-layman's terms (sometimes multiple times!) every step of the way. In addition to Lindsey, the entire office staff is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. We have already recommended Lindsey to all of our friends.
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Posted by Vicki | August 15, 2023
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Pleasant atmosphere
Our estate planning and POA paperwork was completely stress free, with Ms. Coley’s expert guidance and the efficiency of her staff. I won’t hesitate to call on them again, if the need arises.
Posted by Alex | August 10, 2023
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Professional, Compassionate - Highly Recommend!
We contacted Lindsey's practice for estate planning and had a great experience working with her. She is very kind and excellent at what she does. She took the time to listen to our needs, asked thoughtful questions, and articulated our wishes efficiently and without much back and forth. We have not had that experience with other firms in the past! Also, she has probably the most amicable team working with her that we have ever met. We would definitely recommend her practice to anyone in the region.
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Posted by Larry | July 26, 2023
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"STELLAR SERVICE"
The estate planning experience my wife and I had with Lindsey and her team was exactly what we had in mind. Lindsey & her staff were personable, professional, efficient and very knowledgeable. Lindsey guided us through the estate planning process, and was there to provide us with alternative options available so we could make decisions that were best for our situation. All questions were answered in detail, with patience, in a manner which was easily understand. Everything was done right on schedule, and our final bill was exactly what was quoted from our first meeting. It's obvious to us that customer service and satisfaction are one of the cornerstones of this business. Well Done, Larry D.
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Posted by Carol | July 19, 2023
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Easy process
Estate Planning was something we kept putting off. Knowing that it had to be done we contacted Lindsey and started the ball rolling. Lindsey made the process very easy. She talked to us in layman's terms so we were able to understand the legal process of Estate Planning and the various options we had in setting up our Trust. We were able to decide exactly what we wanted for our heirs. I highly recommend Lindsey!!
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Posted by R & D | June 22, 2023
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Great Estate planning!
Ms Coley was able to translate what our options were in easily understood language. She was well versed in the options and able to communicate them. She and her staff were professional and prompt in responding to questions and concerns. All documentation completed efficiently and promptly. A pleasure to work with her and her staff.
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Posted by Debbie | June 12, 2023
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Lindsey Coley is amazing
My brother and I took our 84 year old mother to Mrs. Coley to have her Will drawn up. While there we also completed financial and medical Power of Attorney forms. Our mother had been very nervous about the appointment and the decisions she needed to make, but Mrs. Coley and her staff made everything absolutely effortless and painless. We were very pleased from beginning to end and highly recommend her services!
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Posted by EARL | June 7, 2023
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AWESOME FOLKS
AWESOME FOLKS GREAT COMMUNICATION!! TAKES TIME TO EXPLAIN AND DOESN`T MAKE YOU NOT FEEL LIKE YOU`RE AND IDIOT!!!
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2023
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Professional and knowledgeable
Felt extremely confident with Lindsey. Strong professionalism, dedication, and knowledge. Would 100 percent recommend. Thank you so much for your help and timeliness, Lindsey.
Posted by Jeff | March 3, 2023
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Excellent Estate Planning
Made process very easy for our wills and estate planning. Highly recommend
Posted by Dave | February 27, 2023
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Updated Trust
We needed our Trust updated after moving to Virginia. Lindsey was very professional and detailed in listening to our needs and desired changes. Although the process took longer than we anticipated, we we definitely in no hurry after procrastinating for 10+ years to begin the process. Lindsey did exactly what we wanted for changes. Thank you.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Coley Law Firm
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Gentry Locke Attorneys
  • 2007 - 2018

Education

  • University of Dayton
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA
  • 2007
  • Elon University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Associations

  • Lake Christian Ministries
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Roanoke Valley Society for Human Resource Management
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia Women Attorneys Association
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Conference
  • Board of Governors
  • 2013 - 2017
  • Children's Trust Foundation, Roanoke Valley, Inc.
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Young Lawyer of the Year
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • 2018
  • Up & Coming Lawyer
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Outstanding Volunteer Service Award
  • Virginia State Bar, Young Lawyers Conference
  • 2009
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Estate planning Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lindsey knows what you can do legally, but will also advise you about what you SHOULD do, making her legal advice both accurate and, more importantly, practical."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lindsey is an excellent lawyer. In fact, I trust her work so much that I had her handle my own family's estate planning. I highly recommend her and endorse her work and abilities."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lindsey is an excellent lawyer."

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Smith Mountain Lake Estate planning Lawyer Lindsey Ann Coley
Lindsey Ann Coley
Estate planning Attorney
Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Licensed for 16 years