A seasoned, level-headed attorney committed to practical solutions of family matters
Hugh Antrim often works with families on emotionally challenging issues as contested conservatorships and guardianships and the administration of trusts and estates. In the midst of those frequently contentious circumstances, Hugh strives to seek a level-headed way forward for his clients. He finds great satisfaction in achieving a workable resolution – fixing a trust that’s not operating correctly, or ensuring a proper power of attorney is in place or mediating a family dispute successfully – when no ready solution would have presented itself without his intercession.
Hugh, a Richmond native, has been with ThompsonMcMullan since 1976 and has served as a principal since 1981. He leads the firm’s Fiduciary and Chancery Litigation practice and its Trusts and Estates practice.
Hugh’s decades of experience have helped him build strong professional relationships and rapport with the area’s attorneys and judges, and he has developed a reputation for fair-mindedness and a comprehensive understanding of the legal issues within his practice areas. As a sign of the high esteem held for him in the legal community, Hugh has served stints as both the acting Commissioner of Accounts for Henrico County and the Interim Commissioner of Accounts in Chesterfield County, reviewing the conduct of personal representatives required by statute to file inventories and accountings of assets under their control.
Although a self-described introvert, Hugh revels in the opportunity to represent clients on the courtroom stage when a case leads there. “I enjoy taking my client’s position and representing them in that setting,” he says.
Hugh considers himself an attorney committed to the task at hand, determined to minimize unnecessary drama in pursuit of a practical resolution. Through that lens, he prizes courtesy and collegiality.
“My approach is that we have an issue we need to resolve, so let’s resolve it,” Hugh says. “Let’s be creative, let’s be respectful, and let’s see if we can get something done without spending a lot of money and calling each other names.”
Hugh began at ThompsonMcMullan working on a wide variety of issues, ranging from bankruptcies and domestic relations to estate planning and small claims court litigation. As his practice narrowed, he carried that experience with him, acquiring the versatility and breadth of knowledge to help his clients no matter what issues are at play.
“I’ve been trained in enough areas of the law that even though my concentration is more focused now, I have benefited from my prior experiences,” he says. “And so have my clients.”
Elder Law and Estate Planning
- Abuse of powers of attorney
- Will contests
- Partition of jointly held real estate
- Reformation of trust agreements
- Substitution or removal of executors/trustees
- Distributions of property under UCTA/UTMA
- Contested and non-contested guardianships and conservatorships of incapacitated persons
- Resolving estate and trust administration issues
- Compelling accountings from agents acting under power of attorney
- Preparing testamentary documents
- Serving as the fiduciary for selected clients
- Assisting in the administration of trusts and estates
- Litigating matters regarding the enforceability and interpretation of wills and trust documents prepared by others
- AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent Attorney in Martindale-Hubbell
- Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Elder Law and Litigation – Trusts and Estates (2012-2024)
- Selected by The Best Lawyers in America© as Litigation – Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” (2022)
- Virginia Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite”, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law category, (2011-2017, 2022-2023)
- Selected to the Super Lawyers Virginia List, Estate Planning and Probate category (2013-2023)
- University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1975
- Member of the Law Review
- University of Virginia, B.A. English, 1971
- Member of the Thirteen Society
- Member of T.I.L.K.A.
- Member of the IMP Society
- All Virginia Courts including the Supreme Court of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit