Kathryn Byler is an attorney at the firm focusing her practice in the areas of wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, business legal services, criminal and traffic law, and real estate.
Kathryn’s experience involves guardianships/conservatorships, small business, real estate and landlord/tenant matters, and General District Court civil, criminal and traffic representation. As a licensed Virginia real estate broker and owner of residential and commercial properties, she brings a heightened understanding of her clients’ real estate needs.
Kathryn currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Regent University School of Law. Prior to practicing with Pender & Coward, she was a faculty member at Old Dominion University, Tidewater Community College and Virginia Wesleyan College.
Routinely represents family members of persons with mental and/or physical disabilities to have them determined incapacitated adults and the petitioners appointed guardians. This appointment enables the guardian to apply for entitlements (Medicaid, SSI), communicate with physicians, establish living arrangements for a safe, sustainable environment, and make decisions in the best interests of the incapacitated adult.
Drafted and executed a Will at the hospital for a client who passed away days later, providing him with peace of mind knowing that his estate was being distributed according to his wishes.
Represented a property owner against a tenant with a past due balance exceeding one year’s rent. Gained possession so the home could be sold and judgment against the tenant so efforts to collect the past due rent could be initiated.
Represented a family with a home that had been vacant for more than a year due to disability and death of elderly parents. Arranged for continued insurance coverage, an appraisal, an estate sale of valuables, disposal of trash, clean up of the property, listing of the home, and closing of the sale with proceeds available for the remaining elderly adult in an assisted living facility.
- Virginia State Bar, Special Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Chair, 2014-present
- Virginia State Bar, Circuit Committee on Resolution of Fee Disputes, Chair, 2006-2014
- Virginia State Bar, Real State Section, Board of Governors, 2014–present
- Virginia Beach Association General District Court, Judicial Liaison Committee, Chair
- American Bar Association
- AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
- Virginia Beach Bar Association Service Award, 2016
- Regent University Outstanding Alumni Award, 2009-2010
- Nora Spencer Homner Award, American Lung Association of Virginia, 1994
- Virginia Beach Forum, President, 2010-2011 season, Board of Directors, 2008–present
- Norfolk State University, Business & Economic Development Advisory Board, 2013
- Centura College, Paralegal Program Advisory Board, 2007–2012
- Election Protection, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, 2008
- Virginia Aviation Foundation, Board of Directors, 2004–2007
- American Cancer Society, Corporate Leadership Council, 2005 & 2006
- American Lung Association, SEVA, President, 1995-1996
- American Lung Association of Virginia, Board of Directors, 1992-1997
- Supreme Court of Virginia Shifts Jurisdiction of Some Actions of Unlawful Detainer - April 2017
- Resolving Fee Disputes without Litigation - August 2016
- Byler Authors Article in "The Fee Simple" - January 2015
- Welcome Aboard! Residential Leasing to Military Families - November 2014
- The Legal Side of Aging and Dementia: Advance Planning Tools, Commitment Proceedings, Guardianships & Conservatorships - March 2013