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Christopher M. McCarthy

Director

Dedicated to Elder Law for a family’s peace of mind

After decades of elder law work – the only area of law he has ever practiced – Christopher McCarthy understands the many legal, financial, and healthcare options most suitable to achieving his clients’ goals. He advises seniors and their families in estate planning, estate and trust administration, long-term care planning, special needs planning, and adult guardianship. Common issues clients face may include planning for disability or incapacity, paying for the high costs of long-term care, and deciding whether to remain in their home or transition to an assisted living facility or retirement community.

Often times, the process of creating a long-term care plan for seniors requires a continuum of expensive life-care services throughout the years. And there may be more options to pay for those services than is readily apparent.

“I want my clients and their families to have peace of mind knowing that they’ve considered all appropriate options, and that there is a solid plan in place to address their current and future needs,” Chris says. “Many clients are dealing with situations of incredible stress and uncertainty. I’m able to provide them with solutions they didn’t think were possible, and help turn worst-case scenarios into something manageable.”

A former Captain in the U.S. Army, Chris had active duty assignments in Germany and Washington, and today helps veterans, many of them seniors, with benefits planning for long-term care.

Chris was also the first attorney in central Virginia to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). NELF is the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to offer certification in elder law.

Over the years, Chris has advocated for the rights of the elderly in front of the Virginia General Assembly and regulatory agencies, helping to craft rules that are favorable to senior citizens. Prior to joining ThompsonMcMullan, he was a partner with White & McCarthy, a boutique firm specializing in elder law. Virginia Lawyers Weekly honored Chris as a “Leader in the Law” for expanding and elevating the practice of elder law and providing leadership in the legal profession and service to the community.

Representative Experience

Representative Services

  • Planning for Medicaid long-term care eligibility and Veterans Pension
  • Planning for guardianships and conservatorships for incapacitated adults
  • Special-needs planning for individuals with disabilities
  • Estate Planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives
  • Probate, and Estate and Trust Administration
  • Fiduciary Services (agent under power of attorney, executor, trustee, or conservator)

Recognition

  • Selected to the Virginia Super Lawyers Elder Law and Estate Planning & Probate category (2011 – 2019)
  • Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite,” Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law category (2019)
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law” (2011)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners

Education

  • University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1999
    • Richmond Journal of Law & Technology – Manuscripts Editor (1998 – 1999)
    • Trial Advocacy Board – President (1998 – 1999)
    • National Trial Competition Team (1998)
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1992
    • Distinguished Military Graduate, Army ROTC
    • Dean’s List

Affiliations

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation
  • VAELA – Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • President (2011 – 2012)
    • Vice President (2009 – 2010)
    • Programs Chair (2009 – 2010)
    • Board of Directors (2007 – 2009)
  • Elder Law Section, Virginia Bar Association
    • Chair (2004 – 2005)
    • Council Member (2002 – 2003)
  • NAELA – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Academy of Special Needs Planners
  • Chesterfield County Bar Association
  • Powhatan Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Center on Aging, Advisory Committee (2007 – present)
  • Virginia Department for the Aging, Project 2025: Enhanced Access to Legal Assistance for Older Americans in Virginia, Private Bar Involvement Committee (2006 – present)
  • Virginia Bar Association
    • Community Service Program (2004 – present)
    • Committee to Study the Virginia Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (2009 – present)
    • Council Member, Elder Law Section (2011 – 2019)
  • VAELA  – Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • President Elect (2018 – 2019)
    • Board of Directors (2012 – 2015)
  • Lifelong Institute in Chesterfield, Board of Directors (2012 – present)
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