My law practice specializes in real estate sales and settlements, estate planning, probate and commercial matters, and was developed on a foundation of more than 50 years of legal and real estate experience in the office and the courtroom. My personal business background includes serving as a bank director for 15 years, syndicating commercial properties, and owning and managing commercial office buildings and residential apartments. I represent both individual and commercial clients, most of whom are referred by other clients.
The firm has been located in the City of Falls Church for 47 years and at its present location for the past 33 years. We have a direct connection to the land records in Fairfax and Arlington Counties. This allows us to provide prompt, effective service at a fair price and also enables us to access the land records in those counties in minutes instead of hours or days.
My staff, which includes Stella Matthews, Chris Matthews and Terry Briggs, has extensive experience in title examination, underwriting title insurance and processing settlements. Unlike most settlement agents, we perform most of our own title examinations, which results in a quick and consistently accurate product at less cost to the client.
Many clients also come to me for help with estate matters for a deceased relative or loved one. I handle probate matters and probate litigation, as well as prepare wills, revocable living trusts, powers of attorney and advance medical directives.
Other services we provide include representing buyers and sellers who are acting without real estate agents (from the preparation of a sales contract to completing settlement), and processing tax-deferred exchanges under Section 1031 of the IRS Code through a qualified intermediary.