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Jessica A. Hayes


Jessica Hayes is a Pender & Coward attorney focusing her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, special needs planning, and elder law, including planning for public benefits.  She assists clients in implementing their estate planning goals, carefully tailoring each plan to meet the family’s specific needs.  She has experience planning for individuals seeking to minimize estate taxes and avoid probate, as well as for individuals planning for the payment of long-term care expenses. 

Jessica also guides executors and trustees in the administration of trusts and estates, and advises financial institutions in transactions involving trusts and estates.  As a part of her practice, Jessica prepares deeds conveying real estate and corporate documentation as necessary to assist clients with their estate planning and administration-related needs.

A frequent speaker, Jessica routinely gives seminars relating to estate planning, estate and trust administration, and planning for public benefits such as Medicaid and VA Aid & Attendance.  In addition to her speaking engagements, Jessica recently published an article in the ACTEC Law Journal.  She is also an accredited attorney with the Veterans Administration.

  • 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 Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 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
  • St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children, Philanthropy Committee
Jessica A. Hayes Attorney Pender & Coward, P.C. Office: (757) 490-6274 Mobile: Fax: (757) 502-7349