LeClairRyan is a full-service national law firm with approximately 350 attorneys practicing in 27 offices located in 16 states and Washington, D.C
Given our wide national reach (coupled with partnering with local counsel when necessary), we represent clients in estate dispute matters in all 50 states throughout the country. We represent clients in estate disputes of all sizes and complexities, from large estates valued at several tens of millions of dollars, to smaller estates just above six figures.
Our attorneys have handled hundreds of will, trust, guardianship, and elder law disputes. Our clients range from sophisticated national trust companies to individuals who find themselves embroiled in an estate dispute often through no fault of their own.
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss with you how we may be able to serve you, your family, or your institution. Please feel free to contact us.
Will Sleeth serves as the editor of the Estate Conflicts blog, and is the leader of the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation practice area team, a nationwide team composed of over a dozen attorneys focusing on disputes involving wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and elder law matters. Primarily based out of the firm’s Williamsburg and Richmond offices, Will represents clients all throughout Virginia and the nation. Will has litigated approximately 100 estate disputes – ranging from local disputes in Williamsburg and Hampton Roads, to disputes all over Virginia, to complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in an array of states throughout the nation. Will handles some of the largest and highest-profile will and trust disputes in the area, and has litigated cases that have collectively totaled over approximately $200 million in assets. Will has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine for numerous years in the area of Estate & Trust Litigation.
Jack is a partner practicing in the Firm’s Richmond office. Jack focuses on litigation involving estates and trusts, real estate and closely held corporations. Jack has been named a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics magazine and a “Legal Elite” in Civil Litigation by Virginia Business magazine. In 2015, Jack was listed among Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40.
Lori practices out of the firm’s Roanoke office, and focuses a portion of her practice on family law, representing individuals in divorce, support, and custody proceedings. Her background in that area provides Lori with unique insight into situations where estate litigation and family law overlap. Lori has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine; has been listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” for numerous years; and was named an Influential Woman of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2010.
Neal practices out of the firm’s Norfolk, Virginia office, and focuses his practice on estate planning, gift and estate tax analysis and planning, and analysis and planning for charitable transfers including the formation and administration of private foundations. Neal is licensed in both Virginia and New York and represents many high net-worth individuals, celebrities, and charitable institutions. While not a litigator, Neal frequently assists the firm’s estate litigators on estate litigation cases that bear on highly technical tax and other issues. Neal has been recognized by Super Lawyers magazine; has been listed in Virginia Business magazine’s “Legal Elite” for numerous years; and has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in Trusts and Estates.
Paul is a shareholder in the Boston office of LeClairRyan. His practice is litigation and involves all manner of trials representing high net worth individuals in disputes as to trusts, wills, probate of estates, fiduciary duty, and divorce. Paul is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law. He has been for the past ten years consistently named a Super Lawyer in New England and Massachusetts based on judicial and peer evaluations.
Brett Herbert is an associate attorney in the firm’s Williamsburg office. He is a member of the firm’s Estate and Trust Litigation practice area team. He devotes his practice primarily to disputes involving wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, powers of attorney, and elder law matters.
Tom is an AV-rated lawyer who is resident in the Newark office. There, he has developed a litigation and trial practice that includes appearing and advising on estate and fiduciary litigation. His experience in this area includes representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in negotiations, developing valuations for trusts and estates and their assets, and litigating when necessary to prosecute his client’s interests. His tenacity was exemplified in a matter in which he challenged a will that bequeathed a very large gift to a University, and he did so in the county in which the large institution maintains its main campus. He was able to resolve the matter on very favorable terms after showing that the testator was not lucid when the “new” will was signed. Tom is licensed in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee, and he has been admitted to many other states on an individual case basis.