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

– Arundhati Roy

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

– Nelson Mandela

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

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

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Voltaire

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

– Annie Dillard

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

– August Rush

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

– Ajahn Chah

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

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

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

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

– Aristotle

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Martha Beck

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Indira Ghandi

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

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

– Robert Frost

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

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

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Ripeness is all.”

– William Shakespeare

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

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Victor Kiam

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

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

– Anais Nin

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

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

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

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt