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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.

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

– Marcel Proust

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– African Proverb

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Steve Jobs

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Louisa May Alcott

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

Speaking more than one language is no longer just an asset in today’s job market; it is a requirement.”

– Tom Adams, CEO, Rosetta Stone

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

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

– William James

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Anna Pavlova

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

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

– Tony Robbins

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Annie Dillard

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

– Jimi Hendrix

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

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

– Madam C.J. Walker

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

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

– Barack Obama

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Charles Dickens

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

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

– Goldie Hawn

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

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

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Robert H. Schuller