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John S. Burton

John S. Burton, Esq, has been practicing in the areas of estate planning, asset protection, business and elder law for almost two decades. Founder of J.S. Burton, P.L.C., John was inspired to shape his law practice as a boutique, family office environment in which he could represent individuals, families and businesses on a multigenerational level. John applies a holistic strategy that employs a variety of legal strategies in the areas of complex and specialized tax planning, asset protection, estate planning, trust administration and business law. John specifically tailors a unique and personalized plan for each client. John is an active member of the communities he serves and has been appointed on a number of regional non-profit boards as well as for profit committees.

Professional Designations:

  • Graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College in Behavioral Psychology
  • Received his Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law, where he focused his studies on estate planning, taxation and business transactions
  • Recognized as a Certified Estate Planner (C.E.P.) with the National Institute of Certified Estate Planners
  • A Trust and Estate Practitioner (T.E.P.) with the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
  • Speaker for the National Business Institute (NBI) on the topics of Estate Planning, Asset Protection and Veteran's Benefit Planning
  • An instructor for the Osher Institute at both the schools of William and Mary and American University (DC Campus) in the areas of estate planning, asset protection and elder law
  • Awarded Top Lawyer in Coastal Virginia 2024 by Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • Previously awarded the Martindale Client Distinction Award for overall client excellence
  • Past and Present featured attorney as the "Best of" within the Hampton Roads & Williamsburg Scout Guides
  • Named to the Top 100 by National Advocate in 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • Named to the Top 10 by National Advocate in 2022
  • Serves in court as an expert witness in estate dispute cases

Federal and State Bar Admissions:

  • Admitted to practice in all courts within the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia
  • Eastern Virginia United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • The United States Tax Court
  • An accredited attorney representative with the US Veterans Administration

Community Affiliations

  • Member of the Financial Planning Association
  • Virginia Wesleyan Corporate Leader's Council
  • A current member and past board officer, of the Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council

Protecting and Preserving Generational Wealth

The law firm of J.S. Burton is dedicated in assisting individuals, families and businesses in the creation, preservation and transition of assets between generations. The firm uses a holistic approach to the legal planning process. Legal representation is always offered in a sensitive and time efficient manner to preserve both your acquired wealth and your valuable family relationships.

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  • “Attorney Burton has represented my interests for many years. I have found his professionalism and confidence to be inspiring, as well as, sound.”

    - Hugo O.

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