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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.

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Zig Ziglar

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

– Ajahn Chah

If you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”

– Oprah Winfrey

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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"

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

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

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

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

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

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

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

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

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

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

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"

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare