Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo, PC

Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo, PC is a team of attorneys and legal professionals with a wealth of experience. Understanding who we are may be easier if you have a picture of where we have been:

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Firm Overview

Our firm found its origin in the trust and estates practice of Pat Vaughan that began in the early 1970's with the law firm of Adams, Porter & Radigan. As his business grew, Pat selected attorneys uniquely qualified as individuals and practitioners with whom he could build his practice. Over time, Donna Fincher, Martha Sotelo, Dan Vaughan and Diane Yawn joined the team.

Until 2003, Pat, Donna, Martha, Dan and Diane formed the Trust and Estates practice of Adams, Porter & Radigan. In January of 2003, we made the decision to branch off of AP&R and to form a firm that specializes solely in Estate Planning and Estate Administration services. Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo was born!

In 2007, Kathi Ayers joined the group as an Associate and our team of attorneys grew to 6.

In the past 30 plus years, Pat's "solo" trust and estates practice has grown to a small, but fully capable, estate planning and estate administration practice with 6 attorneys, 5 legal assistants and a full support staff serving clients from our Vienna and Leesburg offices. We are happy to provide you with a team of professionals solely dedicated to providing comprehensive estate planning and administration services for you and the generations to come.
Main Office

Main Office
8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 400
Vienna  VA  22182

Phone
  • 703-506-1810
Fax
Estate Planning
Estate Planning General Info
Our Estate Planning team provides you and your family with protection and security by helping you plan for the future with incapacity protection, probate avoidance, planning for minor children, distribution planning and estate tax planning. Our team approach allows us to provide you with the most basic protection and our experience enables us to assist you with the most complex arrangements, including charitable giving and sophisticated estate tax strategies.

We are committed to providing the very best estate planning services. To achieve that end, you can expect the following when working with us:

Dedication
Assistance from attorneys, legal assistants and other support staff who specialize in estate planning and who continually receive training to provide the very best services.

Continuity
A team of professionals who will assist you so that the absence of one particular individual will not prevent you from receiving advice on any urgent matter and that we will be available to handle your legal matters promptly and efficiently.

Commitment
A continuing relationship with us so that we can help you and your family in the years to come in preserving your current plan, making changes to your existing plan, and addressing any other issues that may arise. We are truly dedicated to growing with you and helping you adjust and follow through with your plan over time.

Full Service Solutions
Guidance not only in the preparation and administration of estate plans generally, but support and guidance in more specific areas such as the funding of revocable and/or irrevocable trusts, the completion of beneficiary designation forms and any other paperwork necessary to complete your estate plan, the transfer and retitling of assets, coordination with financial planners, CPAs and other professionals and all other assistance necessary to provide the most comprehensive services available.

A Helping Hand
In the event a legal, tax or other matter arises for which we are unable to provide proper advice, we will ensure that you are provided with referrals to the most capable and trustworthy advisors who are committed to the same standard of excellence to which we dedicate ourselves.
Probate
The law office of Vaughan Fincher and Sotelo, PC will represent your probate legal matters.
The law office of Vaughan Fincher and Sotelo, PC will represent your probate legal matters.

Patrick J. Vaughan

Principal

Patrick ("Pat") J. Vaughan, Esq. , Principal , CPA, and Chartered Financial Consultant, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized in Washingtonian and Legal Times as one of the leading Trust and Estate attorneys in the Washington, D.C. metro area . Pat has been practicing law for over 30 years, where he has focused his career on Estate Planning and Administration. He obtained both his B.S. in Accounting and his Bachelors of Law from the University of Virginia and his Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University . He is a member of the Bars of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia , the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Donna Esposito Fincher

Principal

Donna Esposito Fincher, Esq. , Principal, has over 20 years of experience in Estate Planning and Administration. Donna has been recognized as one of the leading trusts and estates attorneys in the Washington Metropolitan area in Washingtonian magazine, Northern Virginia magazine, Washington Post magazine and SuperLawyers magazine. Donna is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the Bars of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Donna received her BBA degree in accounting from the College of William and Mary in 1987 and her JD degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1990. She is a member of the Loudoun County Bar Association, the American Association of Attorney-CPAs, the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Fairfax Bar Association and the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council. Donna is a Past Chair of the Board of Governors for the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Martha Leary Sotelo

Principal

Martha Leary Sotelo is a principal with the law firm of Vaughan, Fincher & Sotelo, P.C. (VF&S). Martha's practice is dedicated to estate planning and estate administration. She is the lead estate administration attorney at VF&S where she handles a variety of complex estate administration issues. Martha is a 1987 graduate of James Madison University in Communication Arts. In 1990, she graduated from the College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law. She is a member of the Bars of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Martha serves the Board of Governors for the Trusts and Estates Section as the Vice Chair of the Virginia State Bar. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council and the Fairfax County Bar Association. Martha has been recognized as one of the leading trusts and estates attorneys in the Washington Metropolitan area in Washingtonian magazine and as a Virginia Super Lawyer and a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer by Law and Politics.

C. Daniel Vaughan

Principal

C. Daniel ("Dan") Vaughan, Esq. , Principal , has been recognized as one of the leading trusts and estates attorneys in the Washington Metropolitan area in Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine. He obtained his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia and graduated Order of the Coif (top ten percent of the graduating class) with his J.D. from the College of William & Mary. Dan was a member of the Law Review and served as a teaching assistant at William & Mary. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and is currently serving on the Board of Governors of the Trusts and Estates Section. Dan is also a member of the Wills, Trusts and Estates section of the Fairfax County Bar Association, the Loudoun County Bar Association and the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council.
Education
  • College of William & Mary
    Juris Doctorate

Diane M. Yawn

Principal

Diane M. Yawn, Esq. , Principal , is a member of the Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia . She obtained her B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida State University and her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. She graduated cum laude from both universities and was a member of George Mason Law Review. Prior to obtaining her law degree, Diane gained over thirty years of experience in estate and trust administration as a Group Vice President and Head of the Personal Trust Division for a regional bank and as the Assistant to the Commissioner in the office of the Alexandria Commissioner of Accounts. She is a member of the Wills, Trusts and Estates section of the Fairfax County Bar Association and the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council.
Education
  • George Mason University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate

Kathi L. Ayers

Principal

Kathi L. Ayers, Esq., Principal, received her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, and her Bachelors Degree in Biochemistry, cum laude, from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the Wills, Trusts and Estates section of the Fairfax County Bar Association, the Loudoun County Bar Association and the Northern Virginia Estate Planning Council.
Education
  • George Mason University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate
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