This newsletter recently addressed proposed treasury regulations that, if enacted, will drastically impact transfers of family businesses. The hearings on the proposed regulations (the “2704 Regulations”) were held this month, and those participating were extremely critical of the proposed regulations.…
Well, one of the more painful election cycles I have ever experienced is, thankfully, over. Now that the American people have finally cast their votes and elected Donald Trump to the White House and a Republican-controlled Congress, it is natural…
About a year ago (May 22, 2015), I wrote a newsletter article highlighting the possibilities of protecting your assets using a relatively new (to Virginia) device called a self-settled asset protection trust. In case you missed the article, a self-settled…
SNA is a by-invitation-only national network of attorneys serving those with special needs and disabilities and their families, the “best and brightest” in the trust and estate practice. As members, Hook Law Center lawyers work with personal injury lawyers to enhance judgments, awards and outcomes for their clients with disabilities.
ACTEC – The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
ACTEC is a national organization of peer-elected trust and estate lawyers and law professors who have demonstrated the highest level of professionalism in wills and trust, estate planning and tax law. Their goals are serving clients, helping the profession, and informing the public to improve and reform probate, trust and tax laws and professional responsibility. Hook Law Center President Andrew H. “Andy” Hook and attorney Letha Sgritta McDowell are both ACTEC Fellows.
NAELA – National Academy of Elder Attorneys, Inc.
NAELA improves the quality of legal services for people as they age and those with disabilities. Members have broad experience with legal issues affecting these individuals and are committed to continuing education to hone their skills. They also lead and advocate on public policy issues facing members’ clients and their families. Hook Law Center attorney Letha Sgritta McDowell is the 2021/2022 NAELA President; she and Hook Law Center President Andrew H. “Andy” Hook have both served NAELA in various other capacities and chaired multiple committees for NAELA in the past.
Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers by region through independent research and peer nomination and evaluation. Hook Law Center lawyers who have received this accolade include Andrew H. “Andy” Hook, President of Hook Law Center; Shannon Laymon-Pecoraro, practicing in elder law, special needs planning, estate and trust administration and more; and Letha Sgritta McDowell, practicing in estate planning, elder law, special needs planning and more.