Estate Planning & Tax Attorney

M. Powell Peters’ practice consists largely of advising clients with tax advantaged ways to transfer wealth. Also, he works in the areas of trust administration, fiduciary income tax matters, fiduciary litigation and the administration of complex estates. Mr. Peters has represented many charitable trusts, public charities, foundations and trust departments. He has lectured on these subjects for the ODU Tax Conference, Virginia Society of CPA’s, National Business Institute, North Carolina Bar Association and others. An Elizabeth City, North Carolina native, he represents many clients in North Carolina as well as Virginia. He was a Senior Tax Consultant at Ernst & Young from 1986 to 1991. Mr. Peters joined Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd, P.C. in 1991. He was “Of Counsel” while he served as the Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Approved Financial Corporation. Mr. Peters joined Wolcott Rivers in 1995 and, through a merger, it joined with his prior firm to become Wolcott Rivers Gates.

Bar Admissions

  • 1992 State Bar of Virginia
  • 1986 State Bar of North Carolina
  • 1992 U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • 1992 U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • 1992 U.S. Tax Court


Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
JD - Juris Doctor - 1986
Babcock Graduate School of Management, Winston Salem, North Carolina
MBA - Masters of Business Administration - 1986
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
BS - Bachelor of Science - 1982

Career Highlights

  • Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
  • Boss of the Year 2015, Virginia Beach Legal Staff Association
  • Celtic Cross Award
  • Selected as one of Coastal Virginia Magazine’s, “Top Lawyers”, 2016 - 2017
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America” (Trust and Estates) 2012, 2016
  • Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Silver Beaver Award
  • Listed as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law), Virginia Business Magazine, 2015
  • Emeritus Board Member, Jean Outland Chrysler Library
  • Outstanding Achievement in Support of Philanthropy Award, Tidewater Jewish Foundation


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