Sandra L. Smith

Attorney Sandra L. Smith of Oast & Taylor Trusted Elder Law ProfessionalsSandra Smith adds significant skill and talent to our practice. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), she offers clients exceptional legal assistance in the areas of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Asset Protection Planning, Special Needs Planning, Long-term Care Planning and Veterans Benefits Planning.Ms. Smith is a twenty year veteran of the United States Air Force. Her ongoing work with veterans in our community includes the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2014, Ms. Smith was named a member of the “Influential Women in Virginia” by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Recognized for her service by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine in 2015, Ms. Smith was named a Super Lawyer for her work in all of her areas of specialty. Linkedin Profile

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Areas of Practice
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Asset Protection Planning
  • Long-term Care Planning
  • Veterans Benefits Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Guardianships & Conservatorships
Admitted
  • Virginia State Bar 2000
Accredited
  • Department of Veterans Affairs Accreditation #9723
Education
  • College of William & Mary School of Law: Juris Doctor, 2000
  • Law Review
  • Moot Court
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Master of Aviation Management, 1979
  • Purdue University: Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering
Memberships and Affiliations
  • Council Member, Virginia Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court
  • Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach Task Forces on Aging
  • Past President, Commonwealth Community Trust
  • American Business Women’s Association (Past National President)
  • Society of Women Engineers
Honors and Awards
  • Named to Virginia Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine, 2015-2016
  • Named a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers Magazine, 2008
  • “Influential Women in Virginia” Class of 2014
  • Bronze Star Medal, 1992
  • United States Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award, 1991
  • Tactical Air Warfare Center Resource Advisor of the Year, 1987
Publications
  • Using a Pooled Trust, Virginia Lawyers Weekly Elder Law Issue (Virginia Lawyers Media, February 21, 2011)
  • Author of “Special Needs Trusts” chapter in Elder Law in Virginia, a Virginia Lawyers Practice Handbook, Virginia CLE Publications (Virginia Law Foundation, 2011)
Certifications
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney*
  • Life and Health Insurance Agent
Prior Legal Experience
  • Oast & Hook – Department Head – Estate & Trust Administration



*Certified by the National Elder Law Foundation. The Virginia State Bar does not certify Elder Law Attorneys