James M. Vitt
Vitt Law Offices, PLC

880-A Rio East Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901
TEL: (434) 971-3025

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About Vitt Law Offices, PLC

Vitt Law Offices, PLC is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in Charlottesville, VA, our mission is to provide residents of Charlottesville and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family's future. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of Charlottesville and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About James M. Vitt

Mr. Vitt first became interested in estate planning in law school while taking an estate taxation course. As an attorney, he always has found it more rewarding to help people plan, and assist them in getting their affairs in order, rather than represent them as a litigator. Nonetheless, Mr. Vitt spent several years as a trial lawyer and general civil practitioner prior to focusing primarily on estate planning. That experience has proven invaluable as a foundation for his estate planning practice.


Following law school, Mr. Vitt was honored to be selected as a judicial law clerk in Bennington, Vermont. During his tenure as a law clerk, he had the opportunity to work with several judges on a wide variety of matters. After serving as a law clerk, Mr. Vitt went to work for Paterson & Walke, PC, an AV rated general civil practice law firm in Montpelier, Vermont. He ultimately became a managing shareholder of that firm. During his tenure at Paterson & Walke, PC, Mr. Vitt represented various clients, ranging from individuals to some of Vermont’s largest businesses, in diverse matters, including planning, business dealings and litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal courts, and has successfully briefed and argued cases before the Vermont Supreme Court. In 1993, Mr. Vitt returned to his home state of Virginia, where he was a principal of Geraty, MacQueen & Vitt for 11 years. In March 2004, Mr. Vitt founded Vitt Law Offices, PLC. His practice is devoted to estate planning, elder law and disability law.

Mr. Vitt is admitted to practice before all the courts in the states of Virginia and Vermont, and the U.S. Federal Court. He is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys; the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Virginia State Bar Section on Trusts and Estates; and the Charlottesville/ Albemarle Bar Association. He has addressed various professional and community organizations, has participated in continuing legal education seminars, and regularly conducts public and private seminars on estate planning and related topics.


In 1974, Mr. Vitt completed his undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. In 1985, Mr. Vitt received his Juris Doctorate degree and his Master of Studies in Environmental Law degree, cum laude, from Vermont Law School. While at Vermont Law School, Mr. Vitt earned first place honors in the Debevoise Moot Court Competition, served on the Moot Court Advisory Board, and was a member of the Vermont Legal Research Group.


Mr. Vitt, and his wife, Dianne Vitt, a registered dietitian, have twin children, a son and daughter; and enjoy basketball, outdoor activities, and musical events with their children.

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.