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Melissa N. Moser, Esq. - Partner

Melissa is an experienced attorney whose goal is to convey excellent legal advice, produce top-notch work products, and communicate thoroughly and timely to keep her clients informed. She focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, business law, and tax law, as well as the interplay between these areas and international law and family law.

Within her estate planning practice, she prepares Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives (healthcare powers of attorney and living wills), and Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts. An animal lover herself, one of her passions in this area is Estate Planning for Pets, wherein she works with clients to help ensure their pets are provided for in the event the client can no longer care for the pet. Additionally, she holds Wills for Heroes events throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in coordination with the Virginia State Bar and Virginia Bar Association. During these events, estate planning packages are prepared for first responders (law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians) and their spouses pro bono in appreciation for all they do for our communities.

The passing of a loved one is a most difficult time. Melissa’s background in counseling helps her to guide clients through the probate and estate administration process with empathy, compassion, and respect.

With her extensive knowledge of the Virginia Uniform Trust Code and the Virginia Uniform Prudent Investor Act, coupled with her experience in trust administration, Melissa advises her clients on their fiduciary obligations and the intricacies of the fiduciary role, both statutorily and under the governing document.

Entity formation, corporate compliance, and business succession planning are among the business law aspects with which Melissa assists her clients. She also assists clients with forming nonprofit corporations and obtaining and retaining tax-exempt status.

With her background in tax law, she not only prepares and files individual income tax returns, fiduciary income tax returns, gift tax returns, and estate tax returns, but also advises clients on advantageous tax strategies and charitable giving.

Outside of her law practice, Melissa loves spending time with her rescue pup, running on the beach, and traveling.

Court Admissions:

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • United States Tax Court

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council

Community Involvement and Recognition:

  • Wills for Heroes (2018-Present)
    • VBA Young Lawyers Service Award (2019)
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund, Pro Bono Attorney (05/2019-Present)
  • Team Red White and Blue (2013-Present)
    • Leadership (2016-2018)
  • Beach Ambassadors (2016-2018)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2006-Present)
    • $10,000+ Fundraised Award
  • Give Back Cincinnati (2010-2015)
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (2013-2015)
  • Most Dedicated Law Student to the Cincinnati Bar Association Award (2014)

Education:

  • Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
    Juris Doctor, Certificate in Transactional Law, Certificate in Tax Law (Cum Laude)
  • University of Cincinnati
    Master of Science
  • Wittenberg University
    Bachelor of Arts

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