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We understand that trust is the result of clear, authentic exchanges.


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We provide our clients with exactly what they need.



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We were litigators first.

We understand what happens if estate plans go wrong.

We’ve Opened a New Law Office in Powhatan County!

Welcome to Commonwealth Life and Legacy Counsel, Powhatan!

We are very excited to enter a new phase in the growth of Commonwealth Life and Legacy Counsel – expanding our legal services into Powhatan, Virginia!

Lelia (Palmore) Winget-Hernandez was born in Powhatan, and her family history goes back generations of being raised in her homeplace of Provost, a well-known historic home. Lelia has many fond memories of growing up in the community – that is why Lelia and Michael decided to expand their law practice to support the legal needs of Powhatan County.

Powhatan County legal services include estate planning, powers of attorney, long-term care and Medicaid planning, probate and estate administration, special needs planning, guardianships, and fiduciary litigation.

Most of all, Michael and Leila Winget-Hernandez are excited about connecting with the close-knit Powhatan community.

If you are based in Powhatan County and would like to learn more about our legal services, please contact our Powhatan law office today!

Estate Planning and Elder Law

Many people assume when hiring a lawyer, that their own personal needs won’t be met. Our overall mission at

Commonwealth Life and Legacy Counsel

is to see to it that when people come into contact with us, whether they hire us or not, it’s really good for them.

“Client Minded”

“Estate Administration”

“Estate Administration”

Life is change. Estate planning is about embracing change and anticipating crisis. Our mission for your estate plan is to faithfully transmit the unique values of your life, your legacy, to those you love, while reducing family conflict and the involvement of unnecessary third parties.

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Highly Recommended

If you are seeking a Lawyer who is competent, attentive, compassionate yet aggressive, Lelia Winget-Hernandez is the only one I would recommend. Her skill level and years of experience show in her commitment to her profession. Without question, I would hire her again.




Lelia was very clear in explaining our options and walking us through the Family Wealth Planning process. It's much more than just a will! She was patient, flexible with our schedules, and we really feel secure knowing this has been done the right way.



A Patriot to His Profession

I would highly recommend Mr. Winget-Hernandez. He is truly the most professional attorney I have encountered. His work ethic is exceptional. He is very compassionate when needed and aggressive when required. Mr. Winget-Hernandez kept me well informed as my case progressed through the system. He always responded in a timely manner to any questions or comments I had. Outstanding listening and communication skills.



Very Responsive and Obviously Knowledgeable

Rebecca and I consulted Lelia and Michael to learn about creating a special needs trust for our 21 year old autistic son so that he would have the financial security and care as he grows older. We are impressed with their knowledge in creating a trust. It was done efficiently and with care. At the same time, they reviewed and updated our wills and directives. We recommend them highly for anyone needing estate and trust planning..

Mac T.


A Patriot to His Profession

I can’t say enough about how pleased our family is with this business. We feel safe and protected now that we are taking care of life’s important decisions. AND Lelia worked beautifully with our young adult son who has ASD. She is helping to consult us about us about loose ends in the Special Needs realm and legal matters. So now he is feeling safe, too!

Karen C.


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