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Michael Winget-Hernandez

Unmatched representation to provide the results you want and deserve

“We practice estate planning and elder law because it gives us the chance as lawyers to actually help people. We can give them peace of mind knowing that they’ve done everything they can for the loved ones they leave behind.”

Until there’s a crisis, many people don’t understand why a will, a power of attorney, or a long-term care plan is so important. Planning ahead can protect your loved ones from avoidable disputes, excessive legal fees, and the unnecessary involvement of the government in your private family matters. We strive to keep you in control, keep your family out of court, and keep everyone out of conflict.

As partners in marriage and in our legal practice, Lelia and I work very closely together. This gives our clients the benefit of two experienced attorneys, providing the best advice from each of our perspectives.

We are both former assistant attorneys general, and each of us has unique experience in complex litigation. Our background in litigation helps us think about estate planning differently than many of our colleagues. We know how to manage disagreements, and more importantly, how to avoid them.

But we also know how to deal with conflict when it can’t be avoided. Having spent decades working with clients enmeshed in disagreements, we understand where they come from, how to handle them, and how to resolve conflict. There are few attorneys that advocate as strongly for our clients as we do.

Our experience allows us to provide many of the benefits of a large firm while remaining responsive to our client’s needs like a boutique firm. As the parents of a special-needs child, we understand what it’s like to navigate through requirements for Medicaid and other complex government programs. We can provide compassionate counseling based on personal experience as well as professional training.  

Overall, we want to build long-term relationships with each of our clients, grounded in trust and mutual respect. We also want to get to know your children and loved ones so that we can provide the help they need when the big changes you’ve planned for actually arrive.

We want our clients to know how important they are to us, and for them to be assured that their matters are at the top of our minds. We want them to feel supported. At this point in our careers, we take more satisfaction from that than from anything else.

I am a Baylor and Baylor Law School alumnus.

I am admitted to the bar in Virginia and Texas.

I am a member of the bar of the United State Supreme Court and United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits. I have been admitted to the United States District Courts in Virginia and Texas.

I have practiced in state and federal courts across the United States in complex, multi-district, multi-state actions.

I am a member of the National Elder Law Academy (NAELA) and the Virginia Elder Law Academy (VAELA), and a member of the Public Policy Committee of VAELA.