10427 North Street, Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: (703) 383-9000 | Fax: (703) 383-9530
10427 North Street, Suite 200
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: (703) 383-9000
Fax: (703) 383-9530

Richard John Ruddy, Jr.

I have been practicing law for over 35 years, with a focus that has evolved during that time and today includes the following:

  • Purchase and sale of businesses, including medical and dental practices, and the financing related to those transactions
  • Represent new and existing businesses in all aspects of their operation, from entity selection and creation, to contracts with vendors/customers, agreements between owners, and general business matters
  • Business divorces, including unwinding ownership in a corporation and limited liability company when owners part ways
  • Estate planning, including plan design, as well as preparation of all necessary documents to implement the plan, including revocable trusts, wills, durable powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, living wills and more
  • Probate of an Estate, from qualification in and filings with the Probate Office, to all filings required by the Commissioner of Accounts, court and Commissioner hearings, tax filings, and final distribution to the estate beneficiaries
  • Administration of Trusts, both testamentary trusts created by will, various trusts created by revocable trusts when the grantor dies, life insurance trusts, and retirement trusts
  • Adult guardianship and conservatorship, including both petitions to obtain and as defense counsel if disputed


Founder and Owner, The Ruddy Law Firm, Fairfax, Virginia, 1992 to Present
Partner, Putbrese, Hunsaker & Ruddy, McLean, Virginia, 1982 to 1992


CFP, College of Financial Planning, 1986
LLM (Tax), Georgetown University Law School, 1980
JD, University of Richmond School of Law, 1977
BA (Economics), Saint Vincent College, 1974

BAR ADMISSIONS: Virginia, 1977


Fairfax Bar Association – The largest voluntary bar association in Northern Virginia with over 2000+ members
Member, 1988 – Present
Member, Board of Directors, 1998-2007
Treasurer, 2000-2003
President, 2005-2006

Virginia State Bar, 5th District Disciplinary Committee
Member, 1999-2005
Chair, 2004-2005

Cardinal Basketball Officials Association – The pre-eminent scholastic high school basketball officials association in Northern Virginia
Member Official, 2010 – Present
Member, Board of Directors, 2014 to 2020

Wealth Counsel – Nationally recognized organization dedicated to educating and supporting estate planning professionals
Member, 2014 to Present


Probate Boot Camp – A Practical Course, October 28-29, 2014, Sponsored by National Business Institute
Author and Presenter on the topics of First Steps in Probate and Educating the Executor

Top Estate Planning Techniques, June 15, 2015, Sponsored by National Business Institute
Author and Presenter on the topics of Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts and Qualified Personal Residence


Creator, producer and host of the public television show, The Probate Nation, on local cable channel 10. The show is dedicated  to helping the public navigate the probate system for a deceased loved one’s estate and the “living probate” system for a conservatorship/guardianship of an elderly loved one. You can go to The Probate Nation website at www.probatenation.com to watch past shows.


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