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Attorney Lisa Hughes, Estate Planner

Attorney Lisa M. Hughes is experienced at preparing wills and trusts, powers of attorney, guardianships, and conservatorships; in administering estates of decedents and incapacitated individuals; and in the related tax and asset-protection planning. Her particular areas of focus include succession planning for closely held businesses, same-sex couples, and incapacitated beneficiaries, as well as certain elder-law challenges and trusts for those with special needs.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Hughes is licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, and has more than two decades of experience in estates, trusts, and wealth-planning.

Additionally, Hughes is a member of the Board of Governors of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar; she is a Public Safety Trainer with the Commonwealth Autism Service www.autismva.org; and she serves as legal counsel to Spectrum Housing Foundation, a tax-exempt organization that facilitates support for disabled adults.

Contact Lisa Hughes by email.

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International