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William H. Oast III

Bringing over 45 years of legal expertise to the Oast & Taylor team, Bill Oast’s practice areas include Elder Law, Estate, Trust & Fiduciary Litigation, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Estate & Trust Administration, and Estate Planning. Among other associations, he is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

In the 1990s, Bill became one of the first attorneys in Virginia to dedicate his practice to the emerging field of Elder Law. He was a founding member of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA), and for many years he served on the organization’s Board of Directors as its Treasurer.

Bill is a native of Lexington, Virginia, and a long time resident of Portsmouth, Virginia. He is a 1971 graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a 1974 graduate of the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Practice Areas
  • Elder Law
  • Estate, Trust & Fiduciary Litigation
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Virginia State Bar, 1974
  • United States Supreme Court, 1980
  • Washington & Lee University: Bachelor of Arts, 1971
  • Washington & Lee University: Juris Doctor, 1974
Memberships and Affiliations
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Former Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Virginia Chapter President, 1991 – 1993)
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Past Member, Board of Directors)
  • Portsmouth Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, for work in Elder Law, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, and Trusts and Estates, 2015 – 2020
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2020, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, U.S. News & World Report (Norfolk region)
  • Lawyer of the Year, 2018, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, U.S. News & World Report (Norfolk region)
  • Named a Super Lawyer by Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007, 2009 – 2020
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review: AV Preeminent Rating
  • Avvo 10.0 “Superb” Rating
  • Included in the 21st and 22nd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
  • CoVa Biz Top Lawyers, Coastal Virginia Magazine, 2017 – 2019
  • Red Cross Celebration of Heroes Award, 2019
Prior Legal Experience
  • Oast & Hook – Sr. Partner & President

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A Note for Advisors

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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