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John BristowJane Schwarzschild, Esquire

Jane’s practice focuses on estate and trust planning for high net worth individuals and families, business succession planning for closely held businesses, and estate and trust administration for beneficiaries and individual and corporate fiduciaries.  Her engagements typically include related estate, generation-skipping, gift and fiduciary income tax advice, as well as advice on local laws pertaining to wills, estates, and trusts. She enjoys that her client base includes multiple branches and generations of a number of different families.

Jane graduated from Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law. She was head of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group at Troutman Sanders LLP and its predecessor firm, Mays & Valentine LLP, from 1995 until she joined Armstrong Bristow Farley & Schwarzschild PLC in 2007.

Jane has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 1991. She has been recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America in trusts and estates law since 1993, and as one of Virginia's "Super Lawyers" in estate planning and probate law since 2006. She also has been listed as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" in taxes, estates and trusts by Virginia Business magazine (2000-2007, 2009, 2011, 2015) and as a "Five Star Wealth Manager" by Richmond Magazine (2011 and 2012).

Jane is a fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, a member of the Estate Planning Council of Richmond, and a former member (and current advisory member) of the Legislative Committee of the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia Bar Association.  She previously served on the Governing Council of both the Wills, Trusts and Estates Section and the Domestic Relations Section of the Virginia Bar Association and the Board of Governors of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Jane has given numerous talks to both lawyers and laymen in the trusts and estates area. She wrote “The Legal Relationship of Parent and Child” for the Family Law and Practice Handbook and “Administration of Decedent’s Estates” for The Virginia Lawyer, and she co-edited the Trusts and Estates Newsletter of the Virginia Bar Association.

Jane's community involvement includes membership in The Woman's Club and former membership on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Forum, the Richmond SPCA, and the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood.

Jane is admitted to practice in Virginia and is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association. 


image Maureen C. Ackerly
image Michael Armstrong
image John D. Bristow
image Charles T. Brooks
image Brandy J.F. Burnett
image Kari L. Dottellis
image Matthew M. Farley
image Hunter M. Glenn
image Victoria Hamrick
image J. Garrett Horsley
image Molly D. McEvoy
image Jane L. Schwarzschild
image Carol E. Taylor


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