Our Attorneys

Rachel E. Radspinner concentrates her practice in the administration of trusts and estates, which includes advising fiduciaries regarding their powers and responsibilities, guiding fiduciaries through the intricacies inherent in those tasks, and protecting executors, trustees and conservators from liability by ensuring full compliance with their statutory duties and their obligations under the governing will or trust document. She also serves as counsel to fiduciary clients who request that we maintain the financial documentation for the estate or trust and prepare the required fiduciary inventory and accountings to be filed with the Commissioner of Accounts.

In addition, Ms. Radspinner practices in the area of estate planning, including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and revocable and irrevocable trusts.  Aided by her background in tax law, she also assists in the preparation of estate, gift, and fiduciary income tax returns.

Ms. Radspinner possesses exceptional skills in the art of legal writing, which were recognized while a Managing Editor for the Villanova Law Review with the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Legal Writing and Editing.  Since then, her legal writing has been published in the Catholic University Law Review, and her collaborative work on federal income tax assessments is pending publication in 2017.

Education

Villanova University School of Law (with Distinction)

Juris Doctor (2012)

Georgetown University

Bachelor of Arts, Russian Language (2007)
Minor in Business

Moscow International University

(Fulbright-Hays Scholar)
 Advanced Russian Language and Area Studies Program

Practice Areas

  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Fiduciary Accounting
  • Fiduciary Litigation Support
  • Estate Planning

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Academic Recognition

  • Villanova University School of Law – Order of the Coif
  • Villanova Law Review – Steven P. Frankino Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Legal Writing and Editing

Professional Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar
    • Board of Governors, Trusts and Estates Section (2016 – Present)
    • Young Lawyers Conference
      • District Representative
      • Chair, Professional Development Conference Committee (2015 – Present)
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging

Publications

   Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS, Co-Author for Chapter entitled, “Spotting Statutes of Limitations Issues in Assessment Matters.”  (of 7th Ed. forthcoming in 2017)

   Financial Disability for All, T. Keith Fogg and Rachel E. Zuraw, Catholic University Law Review, Vol. 62 (2013)

   Sniping Down Ignorance Claims: The Third Circuit in United States v. Stadmauer Upholds Willful Blindness Instructions in Criminal Tax Cases, Rachel E. Zuraw, Villanova Law Review, Vol. 56 (2012)