Jennifer Schooley Awarded Legal Elite for 2018


Since 2000, Virginia Business Magazine, in collaboration with the Virginia Bar Association, has been polling Virginia lawyers for the “best” in the state across 18 categories. With 14,000 lawyers polled and 3,423 nominees this year, Schooley Law Firm is honored to share that Jennifer Schooley has been awarded as one of the 1,000 members included in the Legal Elite 2018 lineup for her work in the category of Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law.

Jennifer’s over 20 years of helping people manage their estates and ultimately helping clients create their legacy through varying stages and life changing circumstances, points to her passion for designing customized solutions for each unique client’s life and keeps her top of mind to legal peers and clients alike.

With the new year finally here, Jennifer and the Schooley Law Firm are here to help you plan for your life, from business needs to marital planning and estate management. Increases to the estate tax exempt amount and the every day ups and downs of life make January a good time to take a look at your estate plan and make adjustments accordingly.  This blog post might help you think through reasons you should review your estate plan at the kick-off of every new year.

Lastly, “thank you” to all the Virginia lawyers who nominated Jennifer for this award. Best wishes to each of you, too!

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Introducing Hope Vance

This summer, we are pleased to welcome Hope Vance to our practice.  Hope joins us from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she was a paralegal for over six years specializing in estate administration and planning.

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Hope grew up in Letohatchee, Alabama, a small town off the beaten path.  She was first exposed to estate law when she was twenty-three. Her grandparents, who adopted Hope after she was born, died only months apart.  Although Hope is the youngest of seven children, it became her responsibility to administer her grandfather’s estate. At the time, Hope was in college studying to become a paralegal, and she felt overwhelmed by the prospect of navigating the administration process.  After consulting an estate attorney to help her, she felt drawn to estate and trust law and called to help people by relieving their fear and stress at one of the hardest times of their lives.

Much of Hope’s experience has been focused on estate administration, because she worked for the North Carolina Public Administrator, who administers estates when there is no one else available to do so.  However, she also has experience in and passion for estate planning. Her wish is for people to see that estate planning does not have to be difficult or intimidating, no matter what their stage in life or circumstances.  Her philosophy is that we work hard for our assets and we should make sure they are protected from uncertainty at death.

Hope and her family live in Chesterfield.  Her husband is stationed at Fort Lee, and they have two daughters, age seven and eleven.  We are thrilled they have made Virginia their new home and even more excited that Hope has brought her experience and passion to help our clients.  Welcome aboard, Hope!