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.

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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 Present

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, How to Probate an Estate, which airs on Fairfax Public Access Television Channel 10 on the fourth Thursday of each month at 930 pm [as well as the fourth Saturday at midnight, and the fourth Sunday at 4 pm].  The first show aired in June 2015.  Below are the shows that have been produced and have aired or are scheduled to be broadcast on Channel 10:

  • Season 1, Episode 1  (Recorded March 2015):  Interviews of John T. Frey, Clerk of Court, Fairfax County Circuit Court, Shannon Scott, Management Analyst of Fairfax Probate Division, and Tracy Davison, Supervisor of Fairfax Probate Division as to the steps to be taken to qualify to administer/probate an estate in Fairfax County, including how to make an appointment, information you need to bring, common mistakes made and how to avoid, when an executor or administrator must be bonded, how to obtain a bond and problems that may cause a bond application to be denied, and much more.  (Aired June 2015)
  • Season 1, Episode 2 (Recorded March 2015):  An interview of Jack Rust, Fairfax County Commissioner of Accounts, as to the role of the Commissioner’s office in overseeing all Fairfax County probates, what needs to be filed, when and in what form, common mistakes made by executors and administrators, hearings they provide to help with the probate process, public outreach programs they put on, and much more. (Aired July 2015)
  • Season 1, Episode 3 (Recorded June 2015):  An interview of Arlington County attorney George Dodge and Loudoun  County attorney Jared Tomac regarding the written Notice that must be given to beneficiaries at law and under any will, the Affidavit that must be filed with the Probate Office to confirm that the Notice was given, and the Inventory that must be filed with the Commissioner of Accounts.   Reviewed the three forms, Notice to Beneficiaries, Affidavit of Notice and Inventory, including what information is needed for each line that must be completed. (Will be broadcast in August 2015)
  • Season 1, Episode 4 (Recorded June 2015): An interview of Fairfax County Police Officer Tawny Wright and Fairfax Memorial General Manager Archer Harmon regarding what to do when you find a loved one has passed away at home.  Who do you call, what is the role the Fire and Police Department, the Medical Examiner, Hospice, and the Funeral Home, and what, if anything, can you do in advance to make all of this a little bit less stressful. (Will be broadcast in September 2015)

If you miss an Episode, once it has been broadcast it will be posted to The Probate Nation website at www.probatenation.com, which is hosted by TPN, Inc., a section 501(c)(3) educational non-profit dedicated to  providing tools and education for non-lawyers who take on the role of probating an estate.


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