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Ari N Sommer

  • Elder Law, Estate Planning
  • New York, Virginia
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Deborah C. March 20, 2020
Above and Beyond, compassionate, caring, and extremely effective in elder care law When you work with Ari Sommer, you will find that he is who you would consider above and beyond any expectations of a lawyer. We hired Ari Sommer to help my parents when my dad had dementia and he needed long term nursing care; my mom did not need that type of care. Essentially, they had to split while still being married. This happens so many times with the elderly. From the moment we met Ari Sommer he became a guardian angel to my parents and my sisters and me. You expect someone to do what is typical in creating a will etc., but Ari Sommer did so much more. He presented meticulous information to allow supporting agencies such as Medicaid to make quick and concise decisions to secure my parents living conditions as well as financially. I know I may sound repetitive, but I watched Ari as not only did he dot his "i’s” and cross his "t’s” but he created a road map with precise information and directions to allow agencies to quickly make decisions in my parents favor without having these agencies to ask for further information which would have delaying the outcome for my parents. Time is essential in these matters. He is highly intelligent, compassionate, and caring, and he also went way, way past that. He looked at their situation along with other laws in place and felt that somethings needed to change. After his detailed analysis, he sought after remedies that would protect my parents and their assets. He actually developed a new way to apply a law that can benefit people in Virginia and in doing so, allowed my mother and father to financially be secure and safe. Again, I am repeating myself, but I have never seen someone like him and the way his mind worked. He theorized and meticulously presented information to judges and developed a new application of the law to help not only my parents but others who may be in similar situations in the future. So, do I recommend Ari Sommer you better believe it. I only wish there were more people out there like him and yes, I wish I was more like Ari Sommer and I am a business owner of 20 years. To say he is my hero is not stated without fact, he defines heroism. He took care of my parents when my sisters and I did not know how to. He took that weight off my sisters and I and my parents as we trusted him to protect and serve my parents For that Ari Sommer you are my hero and I cannot thank you so much for the way you compassionately took care of my parents and treated them with the fight and determination with love, gentleness, and reassurance you gave to my parents during this time.
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Ari graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Originally from Boston, MA, Ari relocated to Virginia in 2011 after meeting his bride, Garland, and joined the Stapleton Elder Law family soon thereafter. The couple wed in Clarke County in 2012 and live “happily ever after” in Charlottesville. Ari and Garland welcomed their first child, Elspeth Margaret, in March, 2015. While Ari’s focus in on Elder Law and Asset Protection, he is also an expert on Veterans benefits. Ari takes the time to listen to his client’s estate planning goals and works diligently to ensure each client receives excellent, personal, and compassionate service. A natural teacher and speaker, Ari offers monthly Estate Planning and Asset Protection seminars and regularly serves as guest lecturer at James Madison University. Admitted to practice in both Virginia and New York, Ari primarily serves our Winchester and Charlottesville clients and their families.

Practice Areas
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Additional Practice Area
  • Asset Protection
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations are available to individuals and families who attend one of our free workshops. Visit our website ( to see our schedule of upcoming workshops in your town.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Boston College Law School
J.D. (2009)
Honors: cum laude, Managing Editor of BC Environmental Affairs Law Review
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Claremont Consortium of Colleges - Pomona College
B.A. (2003)
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar  # 83339
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Contact & Map
1411 Sachem Place
Suite 2
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Telephone: (434) 293-7788
2971 Valley Avenue
Winchester, VA 22601
Toll-Free: (540) 324-9328
Fax: (434) 220-4844
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