Bettina M. Lawton


Bettina is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals of personal control, family harmony and a legacy that protects, improves and enhances the lives of their beneficiaries. She does this through a focus on clients’ desires for management during their incapacity and after death, and drafting the necessary documents (typically wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance medical directives) to reach their objectives. Her clients span the life cycle from single adults, to adults with children, to adults readying for retirement and beyond, as well as small business owners concerned about succession planning.

Bettina sees clients at her office or at the client’s home or office. Appointments are scheduled during regular business hours or on Saturdays.

Bettina is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Siena College, where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration, magna cum laude. She has an AV “Preeminent” Rating with Martindale Hubbell. Bettina is a member of WealthCounsel, a nationwide organization of small firms and solo attorneys committed to practice excellence. She is a member of the Fairfax Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia State Bar, and their respective sections for wills, trusts and estate practitioners. Bettina is licensed to practice law in New York and Virginia.

In addition to practicing law, Bettina serves her community as a member of the Fairfax – Falls Church Community Services Board, President of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Blue and Gray Post 8469 Auxiliary, a reserve deputy sheriff for the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, and a member of the Rotary Club of Vienna. Bettina is also certified in Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health and CPR and First Aid by the Fairfax Sheriff’s Office.

What Our Clients Are Saying

“Bettina first assisted me in 2005 with updating my will and general durable power of attorney, as well as preparing an advanced medical directive for the first time. I appreciated both her advice and her direct approach in guiding me through this process. Bettina was available to help me with minor updates to my estate plan over the years, and more recently with significant revisions that accurately reflect my changing wishes and needs. Bettina is both knowledgeable and reliable, and I appreciate our longstanding professional relationship of over ten years.”

Virginia H., 2017

Over the years, Bettina has stressed the importance of estate planning and the impact of not being prepared. She has guided me with the creation of a comprehensive plan that meets all of my needs and protects my loved ones. I have found Bettina to be knowledgeable, professional and reliable in my dealings with her. In fact, I have referred her to other members of my family, as well as to friends and colleagues, with confidence and my personal guaranty that they will be completely satisfied with her services. I am very happy I retained her!”

Cesar D., 2016