“To fully understand a client’s goals, it’s important to listen to what a client says — but also pay attention to what a client doesn’t say. I think of myself as an educator first, and will spend the time with my clients to both explain the legal processes involved and also make sure they understand the consequences of their choices.”

Carolyn’s practice focuses on estate planning, probate and administration of trusts and wills, long-term care planning, and elder law. She is certified by the Virginia Supreme Court to serve as guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults, and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

An AV-rated attorney, Carolyn is a past president of both the Richmond Bar Association and the Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation. In 2012 Carolyn was named one of the Influential Women of Virginia by Virginia Lawyers Media. She also serves as a member of the Powhatan Board of Zoning Appeals and actively volunteers with Legal Information Network for Cancer.

Carolyn was previously the managing partner with White & McCarthy from 2005 until 2018, a partner from 2002 until 2005, and an associate from 1994 until 2001. She started her career in 1993 as a litigation attorney.

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1993
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Moot Court Board Member
    • Associate Editor of the Law Review
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1989
  • Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers list in the Elder Law and Estate Planning & Probate category, 2012 – 2019
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law category, 2016 – 2017
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Influential Women of Virginia, awarded by Virginia Lawyers Media, 2012
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Certified guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • National Association of Securities Dealers
  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
    • President (2007 – 2008)
    • Board of Directors (1999 – 2009)
    • Finance Committee (1996 – 2002)
    • Publications Committee (1994 – 2000)
    • Chair (1998 – 1999)
    • Long Range Planning Committee (1999 – 2000, 2003 – 2004)
    • Nominating Committee, Personnel Committee, and Judiciary Committee
  • NAELA – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2004 – present)
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (2004 – present)
  • DWL Advisors, LLP, Chief Compliance Officer (2005 – 2006)
  • Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association
    • President (2002 – 2003)
    • Former Finance Chair, Treasurer, Vice President, and President-Elect Nominating Committee (2004 – present)
  • Henrico County Bar Association
    • Programs Committee, Chair (1996 – 1997)
    • Conference of Local Bar Associations Liaison (1995 – 1998)
  • Virginia State Bar
    • Sponsor Coordinator, Admission and Orientation Ceremonies (1994 – 1997)
    • Trusts & Estates Section
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Mentor, Richmond Public Schools Program (1994 – 1996)
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Powhatan Chamber of Commerce
  • Powhatan County Board of Zoning Appeals,
    • District 4 Representative (2009 – 2012)
    • District 5 Representative (2012 – present)
  • The Rotary Club of Powhatan (2011 – present)
  • Powhatan Education Foundation (2014 – present)
    • Secretary, (2015 – 2016)
  • RVA Better Aging Forum Member (2013 – present)
  • Powhatan Crime Solvers (2014 – present)
  • LINC – Legal Information Network for Cancer, volunteer referral attorney (2000 – present)
  • Gwathmey Jeffress Memorial Trusts, Allocations Committee Member (2009 – 2012)
  • Powhatan County Chamber of Commerce
  • Powhatan High School Band Boosters (2008 – present)
    • Recording Secretary (2015 – 2016)
  • Powhatan County Public Schools
    • Gifted Advisory Committee (2002 – 2014)
    • Chair (2004 – 2006)
    • Dress Code Advisory Committee (2006 – 2007)

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

15oct4:00 pm6:00 pmCocktail Party Law 101: A Basic Primer On The Law That Every Lawyer Gets Asked About - Trusts/Estates, Divorce, Traffic, and Community Association Law” Presented by: Carolyn A. White

Past Speaking Engagements

27marAll DayElder Law BasicsGlen Allen, VA Presented by: Carolyn A. White

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