Estate Planning Attorney in Virginia Beach, VA

Rod K. Sutherland

I became an attorney because I wanted to help people. The favorite moment of my practice is when a client tells me “I now have peace of mind.”

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Practice Areas

using my knowledge and experience to design your ideal future

Estate Planning

An estate plan can be accomplished in many different ways. Proper estate planning should also provide planning for disability.

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Probate involves the process of proving the decedent's Will is valid. Probate may involve the listing of the probate property items, the values of each of those properties, and an accounting showing the money and the property that has been received and paid by the estate.

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Special Needs Trusts

Make sure that someone you care for with special needs is taken care of financially without without losing eligibility for government benefits.

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Business Formation

When you decide to begin a business, it is important to consult with an attorney regarding the choice of business entity and how that business entity will be taxed.

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Business Succession Planning

When the time comes for you to exit your business, it is important that you have a plan in place regarding the ownership and on-going operation of your business.

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Asset Protection

Asset Protection involves various techniques to protect one's accumulated wealth from creditors, lawsuits and divorce. The solution for many is to rearrange their estate planning to obtain a higher degree of asset protection.

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A reputation of success

When my wife and I needed estate planning advice, we interviewed several estate planning attorneys. We decided that we liked Rod's approach to the planning process best.

Curtis B.

He was great to work with.  He spent plenty of time to explain everything. He's a very nice man and a good attorney.

George J.

Service Areas

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Virginia Beach

If you’re in need of counsel near the coast, don’t worry. I serve the entire Virginia Beach area.

Chesapeake bay


South of the Elizabeth River? My services extend down to the border of North Carolina.

Norfolk view of the water


If you’re nestled in Norfolk in between Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, then you’re covered.

Estate Planning doesn't have to be difficult

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I make law personal

I enjoy meeting with and getting to know my clients. Then I can discuss with my clients planning options that are relevant to their given circumstances. As a result, my clients are very well educated regarding their estate plans and are able to make informed decisions concerning their estate plans. 

Similarly, business succession planning requires that I educate my client such that my client understands the planning options and is then able to make informed business succession planning decisions. 

Past Matters

Special Needs Trust

A very young girl suffered a serious and permanent brain injury while undergoing surgery.

I drafted the special needs trust which allows her to qualify for Medicaid, which covers payment for a residential group home when her parents are no longer able to take care of her.


I have a corporate client whose owners decided to develop a business succession plan.

Such a planning provides for the transfer of an owner’s share in the business in the even that owner retires, dies or becomes incapacitated. This involved a good deal of tax planning.


Under current law, the estate tax will apply to less than one percent of the population. However, I have drafted estate plans for those who are subject to the estate tax with the goal to reduce or eliminate estate tax liability.

However, I have drafted estate plans for those who are subject to the estate tax with the goal to reduce or eliminate estate tax liability.