Domestic Relations, Criminal Defense & Estate Attorney
Tawnya went into private practice after public service as an Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic relations, criminal defense and wills and estates, but also is a litigator in other civil areas, including landlord tenant disputes. During law school, Tawnya clerked for the Department of Justice in Wilmington, Delaware. Along with years of courtroom experience, Tawnya coordinated a successful mediation program for 8+ years and continues to offer mediation and other alternative dispute resolution solutions. Tawnya is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Tawnya is a 2004 graduate of Widener Law School. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 with dual B.S. in Political Science and Sociology and received a M.S. in Criminology from West Chester University in 1998. Tawnya is an adjunct professor at Catholic University.
- 2008 State Bar of Virginia
- 2007 State Bar of Washington, D.C.
- 2006 State Bar of Pennsylvania
In its simplest terms, estate tax is a tax that is levied on the estate of a deceased person (also called a “decedent”) when the estate is transferred upon death. In recent years, there have been several changes in federal and Virginia state tax laws that govern how estate taxes are to be paid.
In Virginia the original will of a decedent (person who passed away) must be presented to the court in order for the will to be probated and recognized as the actual will. This can raise the question: what happens if the original is lost or destroyed?
Over the past several years there has been an increasingly popular trend towards couples living together in relationships that are very similar to marriage, without actually becoming legally married. But in these circumstances there is one important consideration that takes on an even more critical role: establishing a good estate plan.