Thomas D. Yates


Phone: (703) 273-4230   |  Email:  |  Business Card: VCF

Practice Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Business Formation & SuccessionDisputes, Expert Testimony, Taxation

Tom’s practice concentrates on sophisticated estate planning and the administration of complex estates and trusts. Tom formerly served on the Board of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar, and he is currently a member of the Legislative Committee of the Virginia Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section. He has been honored by his peers as a member of the Legal Elite by Virginia Business magazine, as a Virginia Super Lawyer, and as a Best Lawyer in America in the area of Trusts & Estates. He is a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Tom handles the following types of matters, among others:

  • the design and preparation of estate plans including planning to avoid probate and to minimize estate and gift taxation
  • the administration of trusts and estates including probate of wills and filings with Commissioner of Accounts
  • federal estate tax audits
  • the preparation and review of estate income and trust income tax returns
  • the modification and termination of irrevocable trusts
  • disputes over trusts and estates
  • spousal claims in estates
  • business succession planning
  • planning for charitable giving

Tom has spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars for Virginia Continuing Legal Education, the Fairfax Bar Association, and the Arlington Bar Association on various topics concerning estate planning and estate and trust administration.

Best way to contact Tom

Call the office at (703) 273-4230 and speak to Tom, or speak to his assistant, Lisa, about an appointment.

Bar Admissions

  • VA 1996


  • George Mason University, J.D., 1995
  • University of Virginia; B.A., 1991