Susan I. Jean
I have chosen to focus my practice in the area of elder law and estate planning as a result of a family history of both dementia and cancer. Although often the concerns and goals the client and family have are common, each person comes to me with a unique history, and with a personal, legal, and financial situation that are his or hers alone. I enjoy the process of bringing my knowledge of the law and community resources to bear in crafting a plan that will work for my clients and my client’s family.
I provide families with representation regarding long term care, Medicaid and Veteran’s Benefits, as well as expertise on capacity issues, elder abuse, financial concerns, and other areas of law of primary interest to elders. I assist those concerned with the high cost of care to plan for ways to pay for care, as well as ways to qualify for government benefits without becoming impoverished.
I have practiced as an attorney on the Peninsula since 1993. One of my passions is public speaking; I am a frequent lecturer, and have taught various elder law subjects to other lawyers, CPAs and accountants, and financial professionals, for continuing credit. I enjoy speaking to community groups on a wide variety of subjects related to elder law and estate planning.
I currently sit on the Board of Directors for Peninsula Agency on Aging and am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; I am a member (and past president) of the Virginia Chapter of NAELA; I was pleased to be elected twice as President of the York-Poquoson Bar Association. I have been on the Board of Directors for the ARC of the Virginia Peninsula, the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center, and Williamsburg area Meals on Wheels.
My husband and I have lived on the Peninsula since 1992. We raised our daughters here, and have one daughter and two grandsons in the Tidewater area. I am struggling to re-learn playing music, the horn. I enjoy estate sales, minor league baseball (The Peninsula Pilots); college (Clemson) and pro (the Cleveland Browns, no jokes please) football.
William H. Carmines
I began my career in Washington, D.C. where I worked on Capitol Hill and then with the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. I have practiced law in the Hampton Roads area since 2007.
I have advanced my interests in estate planning law and elder law with extensive education. I earned an L.L.M. (Master of Laws) degree in estate planning and elder law in 2010. I attained my Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, where I was an associate editor of the International Law Review. Legal research I completed in that program has been published and used as a teaching aid by professors in law schools. I am also a contributing author for a book on estate planning.
I am a native of Poquoson, Virginia and have lived in the Hampton Roads area for most of my life. I am the past President of the Board of Directors for the Historic Triangle Senior Center. I am a member of the Williamsburg Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association. In addition to my other community interests, I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and the Virginia Bar Association. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family and my dog, London, traveling and watching football.
Robert T. Brooks
Practicing law was a dream of mine since I was young. I have always had the drive to help those in need, whether that be through food drives, clothing drives, adopting a family at Christmas, or simply offering a helping hand to someone on the street. Practicing law allows me the opportunity to continue helping those less fortunate, to protect an individual’s legal rights, and most importantly to make a difference in a stranger’s life.
I have lived all over the country, but for the last 10 years I have been a resident of the peninsula. My family and I enjoy swimming, boating, camping, all sports, and spending time with loved ones. I have been a die-hard Denver Bronco fan since childhood, and a Virginia Cavalier fan by marriage.
I have practiced law in Virginia since 2008 and have represented clients in cases involving divorce, custody, child support, protective orders, evictions, third-party debt collectors, personal injury, estate litigation, estate planning, and many other civil matters. At The Heritage Law Group, I currently focus on estate planning and estate litigation, but I do handle other civil litigation if needed. If you have a question or are seeking an attorney, I welcome your call to see what I can do to help you.
Although practicing law is a contentious profession I pride myself in trying to work cordially with the opposing counsel or non-represented party to come to an amicable solution. When an amicable resolution is not available I will represent my clients vigorously inside the courtroom.
I look forward to many more years practicing law in Hampton Roads and welcome your call to see what I and The Heritage Law Group can do for you.
Jennifer D. Kahl
I started working in geriatrics when I was 18 years old. It was the summer after I graduated high school, and I was hired as an activities coordinator at an assisted living facility. Soon I had my certified nursing assistant license and was working in a number of retirement homes and hospitals. With these jobs I was able to pay my way through undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University and head off to law school at William & Mary.
With this background, elder law seemed a natural choice. I understand the importance of planning for long term care and how these plans affect the entire family. Because these decisions are often difficult and overwhelming, you need someone there to guide you through the process. I am experienced with Medicaid planning, VA benefit qualification, asset protection, estate planning and administration, and other concerns specific to elderly clients. In addition, I help families through the probate process after their loved one has passed away. I perform estate planning services for younger clients and families as well, arranging personal affairs long before old age or unexpected tragedy occurs.
When I’m not at work, you can find me and my husband running trails in Newport News, hosting backyard movie nights for our friends, and wrangling in teenagers as youth group leaders at our church. I have been blessed with so many good things in my life, and it is my goal help you and your family take care of that which is important yours.