Paula L. Peaden

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Richmond, VA

Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden, P.C.
 | 6802 Paragon Place, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 804-261-7326
Fax: 804-627-2349
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%),
  • Elder Law (50%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Paula L. Peaden is a nurse-turned-attorney who knows what it takes to protect the rights and livelihood of her clients. Her experience as an ICU nurse has lent a great deal to her practice of elder law, estate planning and administration. Located in Richmond, Virginia, Ms. Peaden provides services throughout the state of Virginia and beyond. Her practice focuses on the areas of estate planning and trust administration, elder law, long-term care and disability planning, special needs trusts, guardianships and more.

Never afraid to take on complex and often emotionally charged cases, Ms. Peaden takes a strong stance on behalf of her clients and their rights. She regularly speaks at local events and conferences, providing Virginians with valuable knowledge on various subjects of elder law.

As a counselor and advocate for Virginia families, Ms. Peaden has maintained a solid record for her high regard for professionalism, ethics and compassion for her clients. She is an American Jurisprudence Award winner and is listed as AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell. She is also listed in the Best Lawyers in America(R) as well as the Virginia Business Legal Elite.

In addition to these recognitions, Ms. Peaden is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, the Special Needs Alliance, and more. With a strong background, continued success and satisfied clients, Ms. Peaden continues to be a driving force for all Virginia families touched by elder law, special needs or other family law matters.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

** The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (40%)

Elder Law (50%)

Estate & Trust Litigation (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2019

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About Paula Peaden

Admitted: 1989, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • American Jurisprudence Award, Employment Discrimination
  • Five Star Wealth Management Professional
  • Leaders in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2013
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Richmond Lawyer of the Year, Elder Law, Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Legal Elite, Virginia Business, 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Business and Health Section, Virginia Bar Association, 1989 - Present
  • Virginia, 1989
  • Director, Virginia Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Virginia Guardianship Association, 1995 - 2005
  • Member, Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association
  • Chair, Elder Law Section, Virginia Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Special Needs Alliance
  • Support Boy Scouts of America, Tuckahoe Little League, Hanover Arc, Alzheimer's association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Estate Planning and Special Needs Planning, Regional Case Management Meeting, Hanover Community Services, April, 2012
  • Author, A primer on special needs trusts and their use, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law, The Crossings at Bon Air, March, 2012
  • Estate Planning for Seniors, Trinity Lutheran Church, March, 2012
  • Advance Medical Directives, Life Caregiving Modern Aging event, October, 2011
  • Special Needs Trusts, Hanover High School Parent Resource Center, April 2010 and 2011
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law, Richmond Chapter Alzheimer's Association, March, 2011
  • Powers of Attorney, St. Mary's Hospital, March, 2011
  • Disability Planning, Elmcroft Assisted Living and Memory Care Center, November, 2010
  • Seminar Panelist, Virginia Elder Rights Coalition, June, 2010
  • Estate Planning, Autumn Run Clubhouse, June, 2010
  • Know Your Rights Seminar, Senior Citizens Law Day, in cooperation with the Virginia State Bar, Senior Lawyers Conference and Richmond Triad, held at the First Baptist Church of Richmond, January 2010
  • Advance Medical Directives, Virginia Bar Association's Annual Winter Meeting, January, 2010
  • Special Needs Alliance Conference, March, 2012
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Conference, Virginia chapter, , February, 2011, 2012
  • Special Needs Trusts National Conference, October, 2010
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA) Annual Conference, June, 2010
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), May, 2010

Educational Background:

  • Medical College of Virginia and George Washington University Hospital, Intensive Care Unit Nurse
  • Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, B.S.N, 1982

Industry Groups

  • National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Virginia Bar Association
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Office Location for Paula L. Peaden

6802 Paragon Place
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone: 804-261-7326

Fax: 804-627-2349

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Last Updated: 1/9/2019

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