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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 realize that when they hire a lawyer, it’s best for the lawyer. 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”

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.

Highly Recommended

Lelia Winget-Hernandez handled many service contracts and agreements for me for the past few years. I found her to be efficient, responsive and knowledgeable, and also a caring individual who worked with me with great integrity.

Professional and Personable

As a young adult in my mid-twenties, I never expected to need a lawyer...Fortunately Lelia Winget-Hernandez was there to help me pick up the pieces...Mrs. Winget-Hernandez handled everything with such empathy and professionalism...I am so thankful I found her during one of the most stressful times of my life. I cannot say enough good things about her, and recommend her services to anyone in need. She is not just any other lawyer, Mrs. Winget-Hernandez truly cares about her clients.

Very Responsive and Obviously Knowledgeable

Whenever we had a question Winget-Hernandez was very responsive and obviously knowledgeable. Great follow-up communication. The part of the process we enjoyed most was feeling very comfortable and at ease with all concerns met. Not intimidated. We were made to feel more like family than clients. The interview is unique and sets you apart from other law firms. We immediately got the sense that you had our best interests at heart.

A Patriot to His Profession

I would highly recommend Mr. Winget-Hernandez. He is truly the most professional attorney I have ever 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.

  • Shakta

    A Contracts Client
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  • John and Susan

    Estate Planning Clients
  • Shari

    An Appeals Client
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