About Me

Erin Smith’s practice area is exclusively devoted to families. Family dynamics can be complicated. Sometimes legal issues arise, and a strong legal advocate is necessary. She is well-versed in family law issues ranging from divorce to elder law.    


Ms. Smith’s domestic relations experience includes issues related to divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, enforcement and modification of domestic orders, and adoption. She regularly represents clients at hearings and trials before juvenile and domestic relations courts as well as circuit courts, guiding clients through pre-trial motions, and negotiating and drafting settlement agreements. She is also versed in estate planning, wills, trusts, probate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships and business litigation. She is regularly appointed by local courts as a Guardian ad Litem for children and incapacitated adults.  


She began her legal career as a law clerk for the James City County Attorney's office. There, she litigated child abuse and neglect cases for the Department of Social Services in the Williamsburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.  After graduating law school, she joined Montgomery, Kelly & McKinnon where she focused on family law, criminal law, business law, and estate planning and administration.  


For the past few years, she practiced law at The Peninsula Center for Estate and Lifelong Planning where she exclusively focused on the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianship and elder law. 


In 2017 Ms. Smith opened her own practice with the specific purpose of serving clients and their families by offering high value services for a reasonable price.  


She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington and she earned her law degree from the Appalachian School of Law. She serves as general counsel for the non-profit organization Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”) whose purpose is to serve children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Family Law and Estate Planning sections, and the Williamsburg Bar Association. Previously, she served as an adjunct professor of law at William & Mary in the Elder & Disability Law Clinic.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Estate Planning

Family Law

Wills and Trusts

Probate and Trust Administration

Guardianships and Conservatorships

Divorce

Adoption

Child Custody

Business Planning


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SERVICES

Court Appointed Special Advocates ("CASA"), General Counsel
Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, Member
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Williamsburg Bar Association, Member

EDUCATION

Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia


CLASSES

Adjunct Professor, William & Mary Law School Elder & Disability Law Clinic 


PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS

James City County Attorney's Office, Law Clerk, 2010-2011
Montgomery, Kelley & McKinnon, Attorney, 2012-2016
The Peninsula Center for Estate and Lifelong Planning, Attorney, 2016-2017


AWARDS

Coastal Virginia Magazine’s “Top Lawyers”, 2018