Kristen Frances Hager Partner

Kristen focuses her practice on the representation of high-net worth individuals and family businesses in complicated estate and business planning matters.

Kristen also advises fiduciaries regarding the administration of complex estates and trusts.


Represent and advise multiple generations of families in estate planning and business succession matters.

Assist client with sale of closely-held S corporation stock to dynasty trust.

Advise individual and corporate fiduciaries regarding administration of large estate consisting of music royalties and other assets.

Create and assist family with administration of private family trust company.

  • Virginia

Named to "Legal Elite," Young Lawyer, 2006; Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law, 2013, 2018, 2020-2022, Virginia Business

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, Woodward/White, Inc., 2019-2023

Selected for inclusion, Private Wealth Law, Band 3, Virginia, 2021; Private Wealth Law, Band 2, Virginia, 2022, Chambers HNW Guide

Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Legal, Private Client: Lawyers, 2021

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2019

Member, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2004
  • University of Virginia, BA, History, 2001

Board Member, Executive Committee, Richmond Estate Planning Council

Board Member, Wolters Kluwer Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board

Member, Board of Directors, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

Member, Steering Committee for Up & Atom Women's Leadership Breakfast, Science Museum of Virginia

Member, VMFA Charitable Advisors, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 

Member, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, American Bar Association

Executive Council, Wills, Trusts & Estates Section; Member, Legislative Committee, Wills, Trusts & Estates Section, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Virginia State Bar

Member, Ted Dalton American Inn of Court, 2003-2004 

  • Speaker, "Modifying Irrevocable Trusts," The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) 2022 Southeast Regional Meeting, Richmond, VA, September 11, 2022
  • Speaker, "Estate Planning in an Age of Changing Tax Law," 67th Annual William & Mary Tax Conference, November 11, 2021
  • Speaker, "Fixing the Broken Trust: Modifying, Restructuring, and Terminating Irrevocable Trusts," Conner-Zaritsky 41st Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Administration Seminar, September 24, 2020
  • Speaker, "Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law," 14th Annual Fiduciary Advisory Services Seminar, Wednesday, October 2, 2019
  • Speaker, "Tax Reform and the Impact on You and Your Estate," Essential Insight on Sweeping Tax Reforms, January 18, 2018
  • Speaker, How to Advise Your Clients: Impact of the 2017 Tax Act on Estate, Income Tax, and Business Planning, January 16, 2018
  • Speaker, "Portability: 7 Years Later," 36th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 2017
  • Speaker, "Lessons from Virginia Fiduciary Litigation Cases," 35th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 2016
  • Faculty, "Estate Planning in a World of Creditors and Predators: Asset Protection for Every Estate Planning Client," 34th Annual Trusts and Estates Seminar, October 2015
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in the Law, Estate Planning and Administration," Virginia CLE Seminar, June 2014
  • Speaker, "The Door is Closing – What You Need To Know About Making Gifts in 2012," Virginia CLE Seminar, December 2012
  • Speaker, "Estate Planning," International Society of Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, Richmond Chapter, September 2010
  • Speaker, "Probate Avoidance: Issues and Opportunities," University of Richmond Estate Planning Seminar, May 2009
  • Speaker, "Putting Creativity into a Corporate Box: Selecting the Right Entity for Your Arts Business,", August 2008
  • Speaker, Recent Developments in the Law, June 2008
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