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Sandra L. Smith

Sandra Smith adds significant skill and talent to our practice. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she offers clients exceptional legal assistance in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate & Trust Administration, Asset Protection Planning, Special Needs Planning, Long-term Care Planning, and Veterans Benefits Planning.

Ms. Smith is a twenty year veteran of the United States Air Force. Her ongoing work with veterans in our community includes the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2014, Ms. Smith was honored as a member of the “Influential Women in Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Recognized for her service by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine, Ms. Smith has been named a Super Lawyer for her work in Elder Law for the years 2015-2019.

Practice Areas
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Long-term Care Planning
  • Veterans Benefits Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
Admitted
  • Virginia State Bar, 2000
Accredited
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney (#9723)
Education
  • College of William & Mary School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2000
    • William and Mary Law Review
    • Moot Court
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Master of Aviation Management, 1979
  • Purdue University: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering
Memberships & Affiliations
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Virginia Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • Virginia State Bar Military Law Section
  • I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court
  • Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging (Past Chair)
  • Commonwealth Community Trust (Past President, Board of Directors)
  • American Business Women’s Association (Past National President)
  • Society of Women Engineers
Publications
  • Using a Pooled Trust, Virginia Lawyers Weekly Elder Law Issue (Virginia Lawyers Media, February 21, 2011)
  • Author of “Special Needs Trusts” chapter in Elder Law in Virginia, a Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook, Virginia CLE Publications (Virginia Law Foundation, 2011)
Honors & Awards
  • Named a Super Lawyer by Virginia Super Lawyers, 2015-2020
  • Named one of the Top 50 Women in Virginia by Virginia Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers, 2008
  • “Influential Women in Virginia” Class of 2014, Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, for work in Elder Law and Trusts and Estates, 2017 – 2020
  • Bronze Star Medal, 1992
  • United States Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award, 1991
  • Tactical Air Warfare Center Resource Advisor of the Year, 1987
Certifications
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney*
  • Life and Health Insurance Agent
Prior Legal Experience
  • Oast & Hook – Department Head – Estate and Trust Administration
*Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. The Virginia State Bar does not certify Elder Law Attorneys

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Please note that the law firm of Oast & Taylor is in one business only – that of representing our clients in elder law matters. Oast & Taylor is not in the investment or brokerage business. We do not have a financial services firm. We have no alternative agendas.

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