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M. Powell Peters, Attorney at Law

M. Powell Peters’ practice consists largely of advising clients with tax advantaged ways to transfer wealth. Also, he works in the areas of trust administration, fiduciary income tax matters, fiduciary litigation and the administration of complex estates. Mr. Peters has represented many charitable trusts, public charities, foundations and trust departments. He has lectured on these subjects for the ODU Tax Conference, Virginia Society of CPA’s, National Business Institute, North Carolina Bar Association and others. An Elizabeth City, North Carolina native, he represents many clients in North Carolina as well as Virginia.

He was a Senior Tax Consultant at Ernst & Young from 1986 to 1991. Mr. Peters joined Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd, P.C. in 1991. He was “Of Counsel” while he served as the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Approved Financial Corporation. Mr. Peters joined Wolcott Rivers in 1995 and, through a merger, it joined with his prior firm to become Wolcott Rivers Gates.

Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
    1992
  • North Carolina
    1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
    1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
    1992
  • U.S. Tax Court
    1992
Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    J.D. – 1986
  • Babcock Graduate School of Management, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    M.B.A. – 1986
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    B.S. – 1982
  • Basic Estate Administration for the Virginian Paralegal, National Business Institute, Inc., 2003
  • Basics of Elder Law, North Carolina Bar Association, 2011
  • Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for Elderly Clients, National Business Institute, Inc., 2008
  • Estate Planning & Probate for the Paralegal/Legal Assistant in Virginia, National Business Institute, Inc., 2004
  • Estate Planning and Recovery for Elderly Clients, National Business Institute, Inc., 2007
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  • Lecturer, Asset Protection, Charitable Gift Planning, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, Medicaid Planning, Tax Planning and Trust Administration
  • Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Boss of the Year 2015, Virginia Beach Legal Staff Association
  • Celtic Cross Award
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” (Trust and Estates) 2012 2016
  • Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver Award
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  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Hampton Roads Tax Forum, Past President
  • Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council, Former Director
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Former Board Member
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
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  • Access College Foundation, Member, Batten Legacy Society Advisory Council
  • Bayside Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Chrysler Museum, Former Member, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Cub Scout Pack 364, Former Committee Chairman
  • Elizabeth City State University Foundation, Former Member, Professional Advisory Committee
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  • Basic Estate Administration for the Virginian Paralegal, National Business Institute, Inc., 2003
  • Basics of Elder Law, North Carolina Bar Association, 2011
  • Estate, Financial and Health Care Planning for Elderly Clients, National Business Institute, Inc., 2008
  • Estate Planning & Probate for the Paralegal/Legal Assistant in Virginia, National Business Institute, Inc., 2004
  • Estate Planning and Recovery for Elderly Clients, National Business Institute, Inc., 2007
  • View More
  • Lecturer, Asset Protection, Charitable Gift Planning, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Estate Settlement, Medicaid Planning, Tax Planning and Trust Administration
  • Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Boss of the Year 2015, Virginia Beach Legal Staff Association
  • Celtic Cross Award
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” (Trust and Estates) 2012 2016
  • Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver Award
  • View More
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council, Past President
  • Hampton Roads Tax Forum, Past President
  • Hampton Roads Gift Planning Council, Former Director
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Former Board Member
  • Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
  • View More
  • Access College Foundation, Member, Batten Legacy Society Advisory Council
  • Bayside Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • Chrysler Museum, Former Member, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Cub Scout Pack 364, Former Committee Chairman
  • Elizabeth City State University Foundation, Former Member, Professional Advisory Committee
  • View More