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Paula L Peaden

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Richmond, Virginia
804-261-7326 (Direct)
804-262-3600 (Main)

Ms. Peaden practices in the areas of Trust and Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates Administration, Elder Law, Long Term Care & Disability Planning, Special Needs Trusts, and Guardianships. She was named the Best Elder Care Lawyer in Richmond in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America® . Her knowledge and professionalism are evidenced by a number of other accolades, including her appointment to the 2013 Class of Leaders in the Law, Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estate, Virginia Super Lawyers for Trusts and Estates and Elder Law, Five Star Wealth Management Professionals, and AV-rated Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Women Lawyers.

Ms. Peaden was born in Northern New Jersey and began her professional career as a registered nurse after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Mount St. Mary's College. She received her legal education from George Mason University. She enjoys lecturing and writing on topics related to her estate planning and elder law practice.




Client Testimonials

"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your wisdom, "level-headedness", experience, guidance, and talents as you have helped me navigate through some very tough times in the past year. I appreciate your objective thoughts and your ability to communicate with me in such a way that I feel that I have made the best and fairest decisions for my father and my family.  It has not been easy. I am thankful for your patience and your help."  -E.

"Paula, just thought I would let you know that my dad took his last breath on the 18th and I can't thank you enough for everything you did for my family. My mom was able to keep my father at home the entire time of dealing with his Parkinson's and dementia. Your assistance with our family was priceless … we are blessed to have found you." - Jeff

Articles, Seminars or Panel Discussion Outlines by this Attorney

Professional Activities:


  • Estate Planning and Special Needs Planning, Regional Case Management Meeting, Hanover Community Services (April, 2012)
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law, The Crossings at Bon Air (March, 2012)
  • Estate Planning for Seniors, Trinity Lutheran Church (March, 2012)
  • Advance Medical Directives, Life Caregiving Modern Aging event (October, 2011)
  • Special Needs Trusts, Hanover High School Parent Resource Center (April 2010 and 2011)
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law, Richmond Chapter Alzheimer's Association (March, 2011)
  • Powers of Attorney, St. Mary's Hospital (March, 2011)
  • Disability Planning, Elmcroft Assisted Living and Memory Care Center (November, 2010)
  • Seminar Panelist, Virginia Elder Rights Coalition (June, 2010)
  • Estate Planning, Autumn Run Clubhouse ( June, 2010)
  • Know Your Rights Seminar, Senior Citizens Law Day, in cooperation with the Virginia State Bar, Senior
  • Lawyers Conference and Richmond Triad, held at the First Baptist Church of Richmond (January 2010)
  • Advance Medical Directives, Virginia Bar Association's Annual Winter Meeting (January, 2010)
  • Powers of Attorney, Wills & Medicaid Planning, University of Richmond Elder Law Support Group (January, 2014)
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Caregivers, Alzheimer's Association (January, 2014)


  • Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, University of Miami (January, 2014)
  • Special Needs Trusts, Stetson Law (October, 2013)
  • Special Needs Alliance Conference (March, 2012)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Conference, Virginia chapter, (February, 2011, 2012)
  • Special Needs Trusts National Conference (October, 2010)
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA) Annual Conference (June, 2010)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) (May, 2010)


  • Benefactor Sponsor, Alzheimer's Association Richmond Chapter Reasons to Hope fundraising breakfast      (2012 - 2013)
  • "Sponsor, River City Reign Basketball Association"

Professional Associations and Memberships

Virginia Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Chair
Virginia Bar Association, Business and Health Section, 1989 - Present
Special Needs Alliance, Member
Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)


Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Administration
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Estate Planning for the Disabled
  • Long Term Care & Disability Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Guardianships

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1989


  • George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1989
  • Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York
    • Bachelor of Science

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 -2014
  • Named Best Elder Law Attorney in Richmond by U.S News & World Report
  • Named Virginia Super Lawyers - Rising Star, 2007-2013
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Five Star Wealth Management Professional
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Employment Discrimination


  • Phi Delta Phi

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Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden P.C.

6802 Paragon Place, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-262-3600
Fax: 804-262-3284
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