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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.

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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"

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

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

– Victor Kiam

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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

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"

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– President Calvin Coolidge

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

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

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

– Indira Ghandi

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

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

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

– Anthony Trollope

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

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

– Francesca Reigle

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Victor Kiam

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

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

– Nelson Mandela

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

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

– Muhammad Yunus

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night