Parker, Pollard, Wilton, and Peaden - Attorneys at Law

Paula L. Peaden

Paula Peaden practices in the areas of Trust and Estate PlanningTrusts and Estates AdministrationElder LawLong Term Care & Disability PlanningSpecial 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 Virginia Business Legal Elite, the 2013 Class of Leaders in the Law, The 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 for Ms. Peaden


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

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Virginia Bar Association, Elder Law Section
Virginia Bar Association, Business and Health Section, 1989 – Present
Special Needs Alliance, Member
Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association
Estate Planning Council of Richmond
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
formerly on Bon Secours Richmond Health System Foundation Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements

  • Medical Professionals Guide to Legal Documents and Long-term Care, BrightStar Care (October, 2017)
  • Legal Issues as You Age, University of Richmond Osher Center (September, 2017)
  • Essential Components of Wills and Trusts, Chesterfield County Library (January, 2017)
  • Special Needs Planning, Hanover ARC (April, 2016)
  • Estates and Long-term Care Planning, Lifelong Learning Institute of Chesterfield (March, 2016)
  • Special Needs Association Armchair Chat (June, 2015)
  • Special Needs Planning, Hermitage High School Parent Association (May, 2015)
  • Special Needs Trusts, Hanover Parent Resource Center (May, 2015)
  • Food for Thought, Jewish Family Services (April, 2015)
  • Estate Planning Seminar, Bensley Community Center (April, 2015)
  • Senior Citizens Workshop, Redeemer Catholic Church (March, 2015)
  • Elder Law Tips, Chesterfield Community Services Board (February, 2015)
  • Elder Law CLE, Virginia Bar Association Annual Meeting (January, 2015)
  • Elder Law and Long-term Care Insurance, Genworth Financial (October, 2014)
  • Transitions to Senior Living, The Crossings at University Park (September, 2014)
  • Estate Planning for Retirees, Richmond Country Club (May, 2014)
  • Elder Law Seminar, JFS Social Services (May, 2014)
  • Elder Law Needs, Richmond Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (May, 2014)
  • Annual Estate Planning Seminar, University of Richmond Jepson Center (May, 2014)
  • Elder Law Presentation, Virginia Bar Association Conference (April, 2014)
  • 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)
  • 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)

Published Works

Popular Types of Trusts and Considerations for Their Use, chapter written for Aspatore Law Books Inside the Minds series (January, 2015)
Specials Needs Trusts, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (May, 2014)

Conference Attendance

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)


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