Robert P. OliverShareholder
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Practice Areas: Estate Planning; Probate, Estate, and Trust Administration
Admitted: 2006, Virginia; 2013, Maryland
Law School: Syracuse University College of Law
Member: Virginia State Bar; Maryland State Bar
Robert (“Bob”) Oliver is a partner at WardChisholm, LLP. His practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. After 12 years as a trusts and estates attorney, Bob is able to anticipate legal issues which may arise after a client’s death and brings both technical and practical solutions to those issues before they arise.
Bob’s estate planning clients cover the spectrum, from individuals with modest estates whose primary goal may be to appoint a guardian for their minor children to those with estates valued over 100 million dollars whose goals may include business succession planning, asset protection planning, and effectuating a tax efficient transfer of assets to their beneficiaries. He works directly with his clients, and where appropriate, with their financial advisors, accountants, and life insurance agents to provide comprehensive estate plans designed to accomplish his clients’ goals in a tax and cost-efficient manner.
Bob leads WardChisholm, LLP’s Trust and Estate Administration Department. He takes great satisfaction in working with his clients and his clients’ families to navigate the legal and practical issues arising after a loved one’s death. Bob’s broad experience as a trust and estate administration attorney allows him to navigate complex trust and estate administration issues while being able to clearly explain those issues, and the solutions to those issues, in an understandable way.
As an Elder Law attorney, Bob understands that seniors face complex legal concerns that often differ from what they faced when they were younger. He works with his clients to preserve their assets and avoid spousal impoverishment when a spouse enters a nursing home. He uses a holistic approach to legal advice by taking into consideration the key issues that face seniors, including, but not limited to, housing, financial well-being, health and long-term care, autonomy, and quality of life.
Bob believes in giving back to the legal community and did so as an adjunct professor at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School, where he taught courses on Estate and Gift Taxation and Estate Planning.
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