Richard L. Ferris

Richard L. Ferris

Carrell Blanton Ferris and Associates, PLC
  • Estate Planning
  • Virginia
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I am often asked “Why don’t people seriously plan their estates?” I’ve heard many different reasons over 40 years as an Estate and Trust Planning attorney. The most common reason, I believe, is at one time or another, we tend to PROCRASTINATE. Why? Because we think that acting – doing something now – will produce more pain (and cost) than not doing anything. As I explain to clients, look at estate planning as LIVING PLANNING – just as you would plan a vacation, retirement or wedding. In fact, it is your attempt to use your creative ideas and your resources to develop an environment (and a plan) for yourself and family that will extend far beyond your life. It is your opportunity to share your values, guiding principles, spiritual beliefs with your family and make sure your wealth is left to YOUR loves ones, at the RIGHT time, in the RIGHT way; minimizing administration costs and avoiding death taxes. Dick has authored many articles on Estate Planning, including publication in the Virginia State Bar’s Trusts and Estates. In addition, Dick is a frequent speaker before civic, social, and professional groups. He has co-authored three books on Estate and Trust Planning: LEGACY—Plan, Protect and Preserve Your Estate, GENERATIONS—Planning Your Legacy and LOVE, MONEY, CONTROL—Reinventing Estate Planning. Dick also serves as Chairman of the Board of Principals for the firm and in this role gives guidance and direction for the firm and its’ attorneys.

Practice Area
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Carrell Blanton Ferris and Associates, PLC
- Current
Ferris and Associates, PC
Senior Vice President
Aetna Life and Casualty, Estate, Tax and Trust Administration Division
Assistant Attorney General
Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Tax Section
Boston University
LL.M. | Taxation
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Ohio Northern University
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University of Dayton
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Professional Associations
- Current
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National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys
- Current
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Contact & Map
Williamsburg Office
460 McLaws Circle, Suite 200
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Telephone: (757) 220-8114
Fax: (757) 220-8029
Richmond Office
Forest Plaza II, Suite 310
7275 Glen Forest Drive
Richmond, VA 23226
Telephone: (804) 285-7900
Fax: (804) 285-8925
Virginia Beach Office
780 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Suite 330
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Telephone: (757) 689-8668
Fax: (757) 689-8669
Fredericksburg Office
725 Jackson St., Suite 209
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Telephone: (540) 318-5998
Fax: (540) 318-5998
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