Dennis I. Belcher

Dennis routinely represents high-net worth individuals, families and family offices on a variety of sensitive and complex estate and business planning matters. He also focuses his practice on estate and trust administration, charitable planning, and sensitive fiduciary litigation and dispute resolution.

Dennis is past president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and was previously chair of the American Bar Association's Real Property, Trust & Estate Law Section. He is a member of the Advisory Committee and a frequent speaker at the Heckerling Institute of Estate Planning sponsored by the University of Miami School of Law, ALI-ABA estate planning seminars, and numerous other seminars. He is a trustee of the Southern Federal Tax Institute and a member of the advisory board of BNA Tax Management, Estate, Gifts and Trusts magazine. In addition, he has been listed in Town & Country magazine as one of the top 45 estate planning lawyers in the United States. In 2012 he was ranked #1 Virginia Super Lawyer.

For the past several years, Chambers & Partners has recognized Dennis in its national editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he was cited as "phenomenal" and known by his peers as being "technically excellent with good judgment," with another client saying, "he's the sort of guy you want in the trenches with you." McGuireWoods' Private Wealth Services Group is one of only two law firms in the country to receive Chambers' highest national ranking for wealth management.

He has testified before the Senate Finance Committee on estate tax reform and the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on patenting of tax strategies. On several occasions, Dennis has been called upon to offer analysis for a number of national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time magazine, USA Today, Worth magazine, Trusts and Estates magazine, the American Bar Association Journal, Fidelity Investor's Weekly, Business Week, The Daily Tax Report, Bloomberg magazine, and National Underwriter.

While attending the University of Richmond School of Law, Dennis was a member of the McNeill Law Society. As an undergraduate, he was president of Omicron Delta Kappa at The College of William & Mary.

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Areas of Practice 1) Estate Planning, 2) Trust and Estate Administration, 3) Fiduciary Litigation, 4) Nonprofit and Charitable Advisory Services, 5) Private Wealth Services and 6) Tax Policy Counseling
Law School University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., 1976
Education College of William & Mary, B.A., 1973
Bar Member / Association Virginia State Bar Association
Most recent firm McGuireWoods LLP
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