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Flora Pettit attorneys are vigorous, professional advocates ready to employ their expertise and ability to meet your legal needs. In every case and for every client, we bring to bear a seasoned roster of incisive legal minds, an uncompromising focus on client service, and a deep commitment to the communities where we live and work.
Flora Pettit, Attorneys at Law
Depth | Integrity | Responsiveness
Depth | Integrity | Responsiveness
Richard Howard-Smith Elected Governing Council Virginia State Bar 16th Judicial Circuit
Flora Pettit congratulates Richard Howard-Smith on his election to the governing Council of the Virginia State Bar (VSB) for the 16th Judicial Circuit for a three-year term. The 16th Judicial Circuit encompasses the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Madison, Greene, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Orange and Culpeper. The VSB was created in 1938 by the Virginia General Assembly as an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The VSB is governed by its Council, consisting of 81 members: 65 lawyers elected from the 31 circuits throughout the Commonwealth, as well as nine at-large members appointed by the Supreme Court of Virginia, four conference chairs, and three officers. The mission of the Virginia State Bar is: (1) to protect the public, (2) to regulate the legal profession of Virginia, (3) to advance access to legal services, and (4) to assist in improving the legal profession and the judicial system. Richard is also currently serving his second term on the VSB’s Board of Governors for its Trust & Estates Section.
Flora Pettit and Richard are proud to serve in support of the mission of the Virginia State Bar and the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Flora Pettit Estate Planning Team Issues Estate Tax Alert for 2021
Due to multiple questions received from clients concerning potential changes to estate tax exemption levels, Flora Pettit has provided the following general alert. Clients are encouraged to discuss their particular circumstances with one of Flora Pettit’s many estate planning and wealth transfer attorneys.
Fourteen Flora Pettit Lawyers Named “Legal Elite”
Flora Pettit proudly announces that fourteen of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2020 “Legal Elite” survey conducted annually by Virginia Business magazine. Statewide, only 4.2% or 1,377 lawyers of the approximately 32,314 active Virginia State Bar members were named this year.
The honored lawyers and the expertise for which they were recognized are Patrick C. Asplin (Intellectual Property/Information Technology), Andrew S. Baugher (Civil Litigation), Brian A. Craddock (Administrative Government), Michael E. Derdeyn (Civil Litigation), John W. Flora (Taxes/Estates/Trusts), Lisa Anne Hawkins (Real Estate/Land Use), Richard H. Howard-Smith (Taxes/Estates/ Trusts), David H. Pettit (Business Law), Seth J. Ragosta (Family Law Domestic Relations), Nancy R. Schlichting (Alternative Dispute Resolution), Jennifer E. Shirkey (Taxes/ Estates/Trusts) Bill Shmidheiser (Civil Litigation), Andrew B. Stockment (Intellectual Property/ Information Technology), and Cathleen P. Welsh (Labor/Employment Law).
Flora Pettit Response to COVID-19
Flora Pettit is prioritizing the health, safety and well-being of our clients and staff. As such, we are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We are relying on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will follow the advice of local and national public health authorities. We have increased cleaning protocols in our offices and implemented personnel policies that should help mitigate potential exposure.
At this time our offices remain open, however, we are trying to limit in-person meetings. If an in-person meeting is necessary, please call in advance of the meeting to confirm that (i) you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19, (ii) you have not traveled to any high-risk areas (which now include Europe, the UK and Ireland in addition to China and Iran) or been on a cruise within the last 14 days, and (iii) you have not been in contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days. If a client answers yes to any of these questions, we will consider and discuss available alternatives.
Flora Pettit has systems in place to continue providing excellent and responsive legal services to clients during this time. We have remote meeting and conference call capabilities, password protected file sharing, and electronic signature options available when permitted (certain legal documents require personal signatures.) We will discuss with each client what we can do to best help them with their needs.