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Ross Cameron Hart

Elder law Attorney at Salem, VA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Ross

Learn Ross’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law attorneys (NAELA) and on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Chapter of NAELA.

    30 years, 350 cases

  2. Guardianship
    This is a part of my ElderLaw practice - I routinely appear in all aspects of adult guardianship proceedings and act as guardian for a number of individuals who do not have responsible family members to help them.

    45 years, 250 cases

  3. Estate planning
    This is part of my Elder-Law and Wills and Estates practice. I have significant experience helping plan the smooth transfer of property to family and significant others, or to charity. I apply knowledge of the probate process to your plan.

    46 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Probate
    We help families evaluate and handle the probate of a family members estate - whether there is a will or not. It is important to get to a lawyer BEFORE going to the courthouse and opening an estate as there may be simpler choices available.

    42 years, 200 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    I work with individuals and their spouses to craft a plan that's easy and inexpensive for their heirs to implement but meets the goals of the client and protects young children. This is part of my 'estate planning' practice

    50 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Medicaid and medicare
    This is part of my Elder Law and Guardianship practice

    24 years, 102 cases

  7. Power of attorney
    A power of attorney is a designation of someone to act as agent for the individual 'giving' the power. It is a very powerful document and dangerous if misused. We instruct agents on their duties and help families in cases of abuse.

    37 years, 50 cases

  8. Real estate
    My firm and family has handled real estate for over 100 years; I only handle real estate problems - partition, boundary issues, etc. and no longer do transactional (closings) real estate. Other lawyers consult me on issues they have.

    50 years, 1,000 cases

I am a third-generation lawyer -- following my grandfather and my father both at the University of Virginia School of Law and in the firm which was founded by my grandfather and his brother around 1894. I believe in using the English language to communicate with my clients and have been known to apologize - in advance - for having to use a fancy word (which I try to explain). I take the time at a client interview to get to know those who seek my help and try to be accessible to them.


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Offices of Hart & Hart Attorneys, Ltd. at 40 West Main Street in Salem Virginia.


Hart and Hart Attorneys Ltd.
40 W. Main Street
Salem, VA, 24153
Ross Cameron Hart
40 West Main Street
P.O. Box 567
Salem, VA, 24153
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5.0 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
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Posted by Seth | June 9, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. Hart did an excellent job helping my wife and I get a guardianship for our disabled son, who was becoming a legal adult. Mr. Hart was very professional, efficient, and timely. His staff was also professional, friendly, and efficient.
Posted by Sondra | April 27, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Consulted and Hired
Being a recent widow and needing so many questions answered I made an appointment with Attorney Ross Hart. He was very knowledgeable and thorough and helped me understand about financial, legal and powers of attorney concerns that I had. I would highly recommend him. Also, I would like to say that you will be greeted by a very nice and personable lady when you enter the Hart & Hart office building.
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Posted by Gigi | March 10, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Thank you!
Thank you for your quick and honest answer regarding my legal question. We really appreciate it, thank you again!
Posted by Michelle | June 22, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick response!
Gave our family hope about a matter with real estate sale involving family. Thanks for responding so quickly!!
Posted by Chris | July 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Quick, friendly, and to the point.
Ross addressed my concerns quickly and in enough detail that left me without worries. I would recommend hiring in the future.
Posted by Lola Teanice Lester | November 8, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Quick response
Thank you for answering my question. I appreciate that you answered so quickly
Posted by Jennifer | June 2, 2015
becoming a subcontractors
Hi! Thanks for that. I know there's a lot to it, but where to start. Is what would help me. Thanks for the website. This should help me get started.
Posted by anonymous | November 24, 2014
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| Consulted Attorney
Great response time and information
He provided a response within 24 hours and gave me a direction to go in. Very much appreciated.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-360 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
  • 1976 - Present


  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Monmouth College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973


  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Membere, Board of Directors
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro-Bono award
  • Virginia State Bar
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Ethics seminar - panelist
  • Legal Ethics
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (13)
Endorse Ross
Elder law Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is clear from Ross's education, experience and responses on AVVO that he is a knowledgeable and capable advocate who cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Not only does Mr. Hart offer excellent advise through Avvo's Q&A forum, he takes time from his personal schedule to help other attorneys through the VAELA organization on a daily basis. Ross has assisted me with a few complex cases, and he offers topnotch legal service to clients. I heartily endorse this attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross is an excellent attorney, gracious and helpful with his colleagues and his community. He is very skilled at identifying creative solutions to complex problems, and he doesn't hesitate to lend a hand to other attorneys working through novel situations. Ross knows how to make the "system" work properly (and holds the system accountable when it fails to do so), and is a diligent and effective advocate for his clients. The legal community is better because Ross is a part of it. He also tells a great story and jokes that will leave you in stitches."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, who provides so generously to the AVVO community and gives sound legal advice."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ross Hart is blustery, funny, to the point, a straight shooter who speaks so that you will understand him. He is extraordinarily knowledgeable in the law, and one of the finest attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. I give him my highest recommendations, and recommend that anyone having an elder law, estate planning, or other concern there in the Salem area speak with Ross before you talk to anyone else."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hart is a class act. He takes the time out with his clients as well as online to make sure they know all the options and have peace of mind. He's a great asset to the legal community."
Landlord or tenant Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ross, whether we each represented opposing parties or we are representing the same client; or one of the many times he's just provided sound legal advice. Ross is an exemplary member of the bar."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have spoken with Mr. Hart at length about his practice, and reviewed a substantial number of his Avvo contributions. Mr. Hart's dedication to his clients' interests, and his vast wisdom and knowledge of Virginia legal practice---especially as it relates to elder law matters---will benefit any client interested in his legal services. He is honest and respectful with his legal opinions. Attorneys should emulate the quality of his legal and client service, and love for practicing law. I highly recommend Mr. Hart."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"39 years of practicing law is extremely experienced. His knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions and answers to questions posted by the public at large. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clear, concise, experienced, and straightforward, Attorney Hart is exactly the kind of attorney I would hire for any member of my family who needed a lawyer. I strongly endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Hart is an experienced and skilled attorney as is evident in his many fine contributions to the Avvo legal community. Any client fortunate enough to have him on the case is in excellent hands."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Ross has a great reputation as an elder law attorney for his state. His activities within NAELA demonstrate a strong knowledge base."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The time a lawyer spends giving back through sites like this show passion for the law and compassion for people. Kudos to you for helping others with sage advice."
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