Christopher Winton

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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Charleston, WV

Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC
 | 109 Capitol Street, Suite 700
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-982-7768
Fax: 304-342-0691
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014, 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
    Attorney Profile

    Focusing his practice primarily on estate planning and administration, Christopher Winton is the managing member of Ray, Winton & Kelley, PLLC. Located in Charleston, West Virginia, and representing individual and business clients throughout the greater metropolitan area, his practice also includes business planning and civil litigation. Mr. Winton is admitted to practice in both West Virginia and Virginia.

    Mr. Winton regularly prepares and reviews wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, health care and financial powers of attorney, and advance health care directives. After meeting with clients and discussing their objectives as well as their family and financial situations, he helps to put together a comprehensive plan that will serve to preserve and protect their assets for ultimate distribution, and in many cases, the minimization of income and estate taxes is a byproduct. After a person's death, Mr. Winton also provides representation to surviving family members, guiding them through what is often a lengthy probate process. The quality of his work in these endeavors have earned him the respect of his fellow members of the bar, as evidenced by his receipt of an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Mr. Winton has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and he is a member of the invitation-only Million Dollar Advocates Forum as a result of his being able to obtain seven-figure settlements and jury awards in his civil litigation practice.

    Mr. Winton is the co-author of a treatise on West Virginia will contests, and he has lectured extensively on topics related to his practice areas. A fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, his other memberships include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Winton received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2014, 2021

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    About Christopher Winton

    Admitted: 1985, West Virginia

    Professional Webpage: https://rwk-law.com/christopher-j-winton/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review 
    • West Virginia Super Lawyer, 2011
    • Best Lawyers in America, 19th Edition, Trusts and Estates, 2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, Charleston Estate Planning Counsel
    • Member, Probate Committee, West Virginia State Bar
    • Member, Virginia State Bar
    • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, American Bar Association
    • Member, West Virginia State Bar

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Co-Author, “Laying Claim: A Practitioner’s Guide to Will Contests in West Virginia", West Virginia University Law Review
    • Author, “Probate Happens”, The West Virginia Lawyer

    Educational Background:

    • University of Virginia, With High Distinction, 1982  
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    Office Location for Christopher Winton

    109 Capitol Street
    Suite 700
    Charleston, WV 25301

    Phone: 304-982-7768

    Fax: 304-342-0691

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