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Whitbeck Bennett is proud to be a successful, full-service law firm with a strong focus on family law, mental health law, and special education.

We provide legal services to families and individuals, helping them get the best result possible through experience and compassion.

Pros and Cons of Keeping Separate Property Separate

Pros and Cons of Keeping Separate Property Separate [01.22.2021] Virginia classifies property and debt during a divorce as either marital property and debt, separate property and debt, or a mix (or “hybrid”) of both. Your actions during the marriage and separation...

Estate Planning Documents: Overview 101

Estate Planning Documents: Overview 101 By: John Whitbeck and Jim Beglis [01.15.2021] Overview 101  When most people think of estate planning documents, the first thing that comes to mind is the last will and testament. While this is an important part of any estate...

Property Status in a Virginia Divorce: Overview 101

Property Status in a Virginia Divorce: Overview 101 By: Joe Menze [01.13.2021]  When getting married, it is important to understand what happens to each spouses’ existing property at the time of the marriage. The first step in analyzing your spouse’s property status...

You’re Getting Married: What are the Legal Requirements?

You're Getting Married: What are the Legal Requirements? By: John Whitbeck [12.21.2020] Legal Requirements for Getting Married in Virginia  Some people assume the legal requirements for getting married are confusing, but as long as you research what is required in the...

Building Mental Resilience: Divorce in the Age of Covid

WhitbeckBennett partner David Mendes' article was featured in PoshSeven magazine. Read the original article here.The difference between surviving your divorce and thriving comes down to taking charge of your mental well-being. Divorce is a daunting and mentally...

Common-Law Marriage and the Commonwealth: What You Need to Know

Common-Law Marriage and the Commonwealth: What You Need to Know By: Kevin McCandlish [12.16.2020] When a couple has lived together for several years, there can be a steady increase in pressure to tie the knot. Meanwhile, a couple can become so familiar with each...

Mental Health Law: Civil Commitments in Virginia

Mental Health Law: Civil Commitments in Virginia By: Kevin McCandlish [12.11.2020] Caring for a family member or loved one with a mental illness or mental health issue can bring forth various challenges. Ensuring that proper care and services are provided,...

When You Should Consider Establishing Elder Care Documents

When You Should Consider Establishing Elder Care Documents By: John Whitbeck [12.07.2020] Most people tend to procrastinate when it comes to estate planning and persons with disabilities. While this is only natural, failing to create an effective end of life plan can...

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Virginia Divorce

Five Big Mistakes to Avoid in Your Virginia Divorce By: John Whitbeck [11.12.2020] Making mistakes during your divorce is common, especially if you are not represented by a skilled Virginia divorce attorney. Divorce is stressful and emotional, so it’s easy to make...

Things to Consider When Changing Your Name

Things to Consider When Changing Your Name By: Kevin McCandlish [11.05.2020] Changing one’s name can bring about a fresh start, a new perspective, or an opportunity to reconnect with an important personal history. Common reasons to change one’s name range from entry...

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“I would highly recommend John Whitbeck to anyone needing legal counsel or representation. He was thorough, intentional, and professional in all of my dealings with him. He is well respected in the legal community of Loudoun County and is well liked by friends and colleagues alike. He has worked diligently to build a fabulous reputation and proven his knowledge of the law through his diligent practice in the area. No man would be as highly respected and sought after if he didn’t have the experience and professionalism to back it up.”

Amanda
Loudoun County, VA

“For my divorce case, I had three different attorneys – the last was John Whitbeck. John was far superior than the previous two and also the opposing counsel. John is an excellent litigator and negotiator. Specifically, he had the judge reverse a previous decision based on his interpretation of the law and reached agreement on several contentious topics with a very difficult opposing counsel. John works closely with his client to develop a strong legal strategy and masterfully presents your case to the judge. I owe the outcome of my case to John’s tireless efforts and incredible talent.”

John
Leesburg, VA

“John Whitbeck was my third attorney for my divorce process. This is honestly one of the most painful experiences to go through. I appreciated John’s straight forward manner in presenting the choices. It helped cut through issues to define emotional vs strategic good decisions. Being clear about the process and outcomes is essential to seeing a way ahead. I am thankful for his work and support through this tough time.”

Charlotte
Falls Church, VA

“John Whitbeck represented me on, what most people would agree was, an extremely complicated and emotional divorce and custody case involving abuse and infidelity by my ex-husband. From the moment, I sat down with John, I felt that I was heard, understood, and respected, not just by John, but by his entire team. I was supported and informed through every step of the process. John was a true advocate for myself and my kids. He fought for and achieved true justice for us. Today, my kids and I couldn’t be happier, and we truly owe a great deal of that to John and his team.”

Shabnam
Fairfax, VA