jburton@kv-legal.com |  phone: (757) 301-9500 |  fax: (757) 301-9523

Regent University School of Law, J.D., 2002
Virginia Wesleyan University in Behavioral Psychology, B.A., 1995

Virginia State Bar
Eastern Virginia United States District Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States Tax Court
United States Veterans Administration

Honors and Awards
Certified Estate Planner (C.E.P.) with the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners
Trust and Estate Practitioner (T.E.P.) with the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Member and past board member at large of the Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
Listed with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Named to the Top 100 by National Advocate in 2016-2018
Instructor for the Christopher Wren Association at the school of William and Mary in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, business succession and elder law

John focuses his practice in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, business succession planning and elder law. By employing a holistic and multidisciplinary approach, John enjoys helping individuals, families, and businesses plan to preserve and protect their assets through a variety of legal structures.

He has over a decade of experience in drafting Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Revocable, Special Needs, Charitable and Asset Protection Trusts. John has built estate plans to minimize estate, gift, and capital gains taxes while also passing on wealth from one generation to another by using Life Insurance Trusts, Generation Skipping Tax Trusts, Deferred Sales Trusts and Captive Insurance Companies. He has also developed and formed non-profit and charitable giving companies and has advised families and charitable institutions on planned giving strategies.

John also assists his clients with helping them through the complexities of the probate process. He represents clients and beneficiaries concerning all areas of trust administration, and if appropriate, serves as Executor, Trustee or Trust Protector should clients need an independent fiduciary.

On the business law side, John has formed a variety of business structures like limited liability companies, corporations and business trusts which not only protect the assets of company owners, doctors, and other professionals, but additionally plan for the unexpected incapacity, disability or death of a company owner.

Lastly, John has specialized experience in the growing area of Elder Law. He has successfully guided clients through the process of obtaining guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults.  He has also designed estate plans to protect clients’ assets from the catastrophic expenses of long-term care expenses and forced Medicaid spend-downs. Moreover, as an added niche within his elder law practice, John has proudly represented veterans and widows of veterans by obtaining pension awards from the Veteran’s Administration to aid them in paying for long-term care costs.

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