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Jessica A. Hayes


Jessica Hayes is a Pender & Coward attorney focusing her practice on estate planning and administration.  She enjoys assisting parents of young children, individuals planning for retirement, small business owners, and seniors in creating a plan carefully tailored to meet their unique needs and the needs of their families. 

With a background in elder law and special needs planning, Jessica proactively aids clients in identifying and minimizing potential future threats to their estate plan, including long-term care costs and estate taxes.  She also guides executors and trustees through the process of estate and trust administration.

Having recently published an article in the ACTEC (American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) Law Journal, Jessica routinely writes and gives seminars on estate-related topics.

  • Assisted local business owner in estate tax and business succession planning to ensure family control over the company and to minimize taxes due following death.
  • Advised co-trustees in settlement of multi-million dollar revocable trust containing marital trust and separate trusts for children.
  • Created an estate plan for a couple which included a special needs trust for the benefit of a disabled child and separate trusts for the benefit of other children requiring asset protection.
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council
  • Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Virginia Bar Association, Wills, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
  • Coastal Virginia's Top Lawyers, 2019
  • Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2019
  • St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, Philanthropy Committee
  • Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Professional Advisors Committee
Jessica A. Hayes Attorney Pender & Coward, P.C. Office: (757) 490-6274 Mobile: Fax: (757) 502-7349