Laura S. Douglas

As the lead attorney of the Trusts, Estates & Elder Law Department at Poole Brooke Plumlee, Ms. Douglas advises both individuals and families with regard to a wide range of issues relating to wills, trusts, estate planning, estate and gift taxation, charitable giving, closely held businesses, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. She crafts estate plans and assists clients in implementing those plans to address their individual family needs no matter what their stage of life: whether single, newly married, young families, blended families, empty nesters, retired, or widowed.

With a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Douglas is adept at formulating tax planning for estates, trusts, and beneficiaries and advising owners of closely held businesses as to personal tax and estate planning issues, including the use of business trusts, general and limited partnerships, and limited liability companies. Ms. Douglas also counsels clients on charitable giving using exempt organizations, private foundations, and charitable lead or remainder trusts. She is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the U.S. Tax Court.

As a leukemia survivor, Ms. Douglas knows first hand what it is like to experience a “life interruption” event and the importance of planning to make a tough time easier.

Ms. Douglas’s hobbies include cooking, reading, and spending time with her favorite people–her three adult children and their dogs.


4705 Columbus Street, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23462-6749



  • Estate of Leder v. Commissioner: Laying to Rest the Three-Year Rule: The Impact of Section 2035(d) upon the Includability of Life Insurance Proceeds, 42 Sw L.J. 891 (1988)

  • Austin College (B.A. Political Science/Business Administration)
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law (J.D.) (Editor-in-Chief, Southwestern Law Journal) (Hatton W. Summers Scholar)
  • Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Taxation)
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Chesapeake Bar Association
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Hampton Roads Estate Planning Council

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