ATTORNEYS

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 am a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), certified through the National Elder Law Foundation. 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 proud 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 the Peninsula Agency on Aging, 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.

Robert T. Brooks

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, guardianships, conservatorships, and other civil matters.

I have been with The Heritage Law Group since 2015 and currently focus my practice on estate planning, guardianships, conservatorships, and fiduciary services (acting as Trustee or Agent under Power of Attorney). I am an active member of the Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council and former member of the I’Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court. I am proud to have been a part of changing Virginia guardianship law and was honored to speak in front of the Virginia General Assembly in support of the change.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Denver and my Juris Doctorate degree from the Appalachian School of Law. I have lived all over the country, but since 2005 I have been a resident of Hampton Roads. My family and I enjoy swimming, boating, camping, all sports, and spending time with loved ones. I have been a Denver Broncos fan since childhood, and a Virginia Cavalier fan by marriage.

I look forward to many more years practicing law in Hampton Roads and welcome your call to see what The Heritage Law Group and I can do for you.

Jennifer D. Kahl

I started working in geriatrics when I was 18 years old. I began as an activities coordinator at an assisted living facility and later received my certified nursing assistant license. These credentials landed me several jobs in hospitals and care communities while I attended college and law school. When deciding what area to practice after law school, elder law was the natural choice.

To me, elder law is all about family. It is everything you might do to prepare yourself and your family for a time when you are incapacitated or deceased. These are sensitive, personal decisions that need to be met with compassion and understanding. If illness or death has already occurred, I focus my efforts on protecting your assets and administering your estate as smoothly and quickly as possible. I find this work both intellectually and emotionally satisfying.

When I’m not at the office, I’m busy being “Mom.” With three little kids, life at the Kahl Residence is never boring. Some of our favorite activities include riding bikes, hosting backyard cookouts, and serving our church family. We work hard and we play hard. I have been blessed with many good things in my life, and my goal to help you take care of the good things in yours.

Education
Utah State University – Associate Degree
Brigham Young University – Bachelors Degree
William & Mary Law School – Juris Doctorate

Organizations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Newport News Bar Association
York County Bar Association
Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association