H. Van Smith

H. Van Smith

Founder, Attorney & Counselor at Law
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  • Smith Strong, PLC
  • 5803 Staples Mill Road Richmond, VA 23228
  • 804.325.1245

H. Van Smith practices family law, estate planning, and estate/fiduciary litigation across central Virginia, including from his offices in both the Richmond metropolitan area and Williamsburg.  Van also routinely provides strategic legal counsel to business owners, elected officials, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, and political consulting firms in long-term, retained attorney-client relationships.  

He is the sole owner of SMITH STRONG, PLC and a member of the family law and estate planning sections of the Virginia State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.  Van is also a member of WealthCounsel a national organization of elite estate planning attorneys.

Each week, Van's practice preserves financial assets and protects futures as individuals and their families navigate divorce/custody transitions, estate planning through the retirement years, and elder law by avoiding impoverishment from nursing home costs.

Van has been featured several times in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Virginia Gazette, Daily Press, WRVA 1140AM, William & Mary News and UVA Today; he welcomes the opportunity to educate his community on divorce, custody, and family law issues in Virginia.

Van received the highly regarded Super Lawyers' Rising Star distinction in the area of family and matrimonial law in 2014 - 2021.

Van also earned the Legal Elite designation, based on a vote of his attorney peers, by the Virginia Business magazine, for 2015 - 2021, awarded to only to 2% of attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2013, the Virginia legal community welcomed Van Smith’s first book in the Legal Strength Series:  The Ultimate Guide to Divorce and Custody in Virginia: Quickly Get Back to Fully Living Your Life, it's second edition published in 2019, with over 15,000 printed copies in distribution.

Attorney Van Smith and his team at Smith Strong received Avvo's Client Satisfaction Award for Family Law, including divorce and child custody matters, every year, from 2013 - 2016.

In 2016, the American Society of Legal Advocates awarded Van Smith its Top 40 Under 40 Family Lawyers in the State of Virginia distinction.

In 2015, the Richmond Times-Dispatch awarded its Readers' Choice Lawyer distinction to Van.  

And the National Advocates awarded Van its prestigious Top 100 Matrimonial and Family Lawyers, a nationwide recognition.

In 2017, Attorney and Practice Magazine awarded Van its Top 10 Attorneys in Virginia in Family Law award.

Van’s practice focuses on family law matters, including divorce, related tax and business issues, custody and support plans, property distribution, integrated solutions for wealth preservation and management post-separation, collaborative law, and civil litigation.  Van also assists families with will, trust, and estate planning as well as probate matters with clients based upon his deep roots from Richmond to Williamsburg, Virginia.  Van routinely advises clients on trust analysis and administration, business and wealth succession planning, tax planning, asset preservation, and business valuation working closely with a family's accountant and financial advisor.

In 2020-21, Van is actively overseeing estate and fiduciary litigation and discreet settlement negotiations with his Smith Strong team involving estates totaling over $500 Million at issue.

Smith Strong, PLC offers a comprehensive range of family law services from advice and counseling on the most sophisticated and complex business and legal issues to negotiating agreements, mediating disputes, and litigation.

Attorney Van Smith continues to lead a free workshop on estate planning and asset protection as a community service twice a month, continuing in 2020-21 with free, live Zoom workshops.  His estate planning workshop continues to earn rave reviews, now in its seventh year.