Estate and Legacy
Planning Since 1978
  • 8,500+

    Satisfied Clients

  • 12,000+

    Successful Plans

  • $10+ Billion

    Wealth Transferred 

Hampton Road's Estate Planning & Elder Law Firm

Exceptional Service Since 1978

Welcome to TrustBuilders Law Group®, Hampton Road’s oldest boutique estate planning and elder law firm. We are family owned and operated practice committed to traditional values and lasting legacies. For those discerning clients looking for exceptional value, expertise and experience, our attorneys have served over 8,500 satisfied clients, completed over 12,000 successful plans and transferred over 10 billion dollars in family wealth.

Our team of highly trained professionals in Hampton Roads also offer over 100 years of combined tax and legal experience as well as a host of cutting-edge solutions and state of the art documents. We provide our clients with a peace of mind that comes only with knowing they have put their affairs in order, they have done it right the first time, and, most importantly, they have worked with a firm that is going to be there when their family need us most. Whether you are looking for a multi-generational trust, help in settling a loved-one’s estate or the simple update of an old will, TrustBuilders Law Group® continues to offer a name you can trust at a price you can afford.

As one of Hampton Roads oldest boutique law firms, we have garnered a stellar reputation for providing clients with top-notch legal representation and counsel for Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills, Probate, Elder Law, Charitable Planning, Family Business Succession and Disability & Special Needs Planning.

To request a free case consultation with a lawyer at TrustBuilders Law Group, please call (757) 500-5135 today.

Learn Why People Have Trusted Us for Decades

  • A Family Name That You Can Trust

    The Buxton Family has been serving greater Hampton Roads in law or medicine for over 100 years. We are a 5th generation family committed to supporting the local community. Let our family legacy help build your family legacy.

  • A Price You Can Afford

    TrustBuilders Law Group takes pride in offering modern estate planning at affordable prices. Our plans are prepared at a competitive, value-based flat-fee so you will never have to worry about hourly rates surprise bills.

  • A Staff With Experience and Credentials

    TrustBuilders Law Group has one of the most experienced legal teams in the area. In addition to over 100 years of combined experience, we are the only firm in Hampton Roads with both a Master of Laws in estate planning and Certified Elder Law Attorney on staff. 

  • A Plan With Your Goals in Mind

    TrustBuilders Law Group specializes in creating custom estate plans that focus on your wealth preservations goals. Unlike many boilerplates seen in the marketplace, our documents are state specific, tailored to your needs and contain cutting-edge solutions.

Areas of Expertise

8,500+ Satisfied Clients, 12,000+ Successful Plans & $10+ Billion Wealth Transferred

A History of the Buxton Family in Hampton Roads

In 1899 a twenty four year old physician named Dr. Joseph T. Buxton arrived in Newport News determined to shape the history of the Virginia Peninsula. After several years as Chief Surgeon at Newport News General, Dr. Buxton built Elizabeth Buxton Hospital (named for his beloved mother) in 1906 on Chesapeake Avenue overlooking the harbor. Buxton Hospital would eventually become the largest privately owned and managed hospital in the country and one of the most important institutions in Hampton Roads.

When Dr. Buxton died unexpectedly in 1940, his son Dr. Russell Buxton was called home from the Cleveland Clinic to run the family hospital. Dr. Russell Buxton was not only the hospital’s chief administrator, but he also managed his own successful surgical practice. This became especially important during World War II when both his services and those of the hospital were essential to the community. In 1953, Dr. Russell Buxton sold the hospital to the Bernadine Sisters who renamed it Mary Immaculate Hospital. Although he continued to serve as Chief of Staff for Mary Immaculate Hospital for many years, he also held prominent staff positions at Riverside Hospital, Hampton General, Kecoughtan Veterans Hospital and Langley Air Force Base.

Like his father, Dr. Russell Buxton loved the Peninsula and remained civic minded throughout his adult life. He was a member of the Newport News City Council and instrumental in the consolidation of Warwick and Newport News in 1958. That same year, he helped found Hampton Roads Academy and was Chairman of its first Board of Trustees as well as an Emeritus Trustee at his death. Over the years, Dr. Russell Buxton served as President of the Medical Society of Virginia, the Newport News Medical Society and the Tri-State Medical Associate.

Although the Drs. Joseph and Russell Buxton have passed, the family’s commitment to serving the Peninsula is alive and well. In 1978, Dr. Russell Buxton’s son, Joseph T. “Chip” Buxton, established what would become one of the first boutique estate planning and elder law firm’s on the Peninsula. He is the past President of the Virginia Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Peninsula Estate Planning Council and the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association. As one of less than 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in the nation (by the National Elder Law Foundation, Tucson, Arizona) Chip has been conducting educational seminars and promoting financial stewardship within the community for over 20 years.

Today, Chip Buxton and his son, Wake Buxton, operate TrustBuilders Law Group (Buxton & Buxton, PC), a Virginia law firm dedicated exclusively to assisting families with the preservation and transfer of wealth. Ironically, many of the firm’s nearly six thousand past and current clients were either born or treated at the old Buxton Hospital and now need help with such things as avoiding probate, minimizing taxes and protecting assets from Medicaid and other threats. As much as Chip and Wake Buxton are proud of their own family legacy, they are even more passionate about helping clients build and maintain their own.

For a name you can trust, contact TrustBuilders Law Group today!

A Family Owned and Operated Firm Committed to Traditional Values

Professional, Experienced & Compassionate Service

Whether you are looking for a simple will, the administration of a loved one's estate, or the most sophisticated of estate plans, TrustBuilders Law Group offers a wide range of comprehensive legal services you can rely on at a price you can afford. We take great pride in providing the clients we serve with customized legal documents that are tailored to their unique estate planning goals. We don’t use cookie-cutter legal strategies at our firm. Instead, we utilize our priority system to address our client's complicated legal needs.

Client Reviews

  • TrustBuilders is the firm to do it right.

    “We recently had our trust developed with the TrustBuilders Law Group. WOW! What a wonderful experience. They are an extremely professional group. What I appreciated the most was their guidance and ...”

    - Larry
  • Friendly staff with expertise in many areas. Highly recommend!

    “Our family has been working with TrustBuilders Law Group for many years. We take great comfort in knowing our estate planning is in expert hands. They are always knowledgeable regarding any changes ...”

    - Katherine Horner
  • They take the time to assess your family's needs and customize a plan right for you.

    “Very knowledgeable and friendly. Attorney Buxton and Carlos are great. They take the time to assess your family's needs and customize a plan right for you. They welcome all questions and make sure you ...”

    - Carolyn E. Blakeney
  • Three visits and it was all done!

    “I set up a will, trust, and medical directive. Three visits and it was all done. Effective and at reasonable fees.”

    - Glen Braden
  • Wake, you are an "encyclopedia" of estate planning information!

    “Just returned from an excellent session held at the Smithfield Station Conference Center in Smithfield, VA. Presented by Wake (who was assisted by Carlos) the information was presented clearly and ...”

    - Sandra Spivey

Speak to Our Trust & Estate Planning Attorneys Today

There are many different types of trusts that can be used and customized to ensure your assets and property are protected. We will gladly take the time to review your situation and discuss all of your options to determine which trusts and other legal documents you need in your estate plan to make sure your wishes are respected when you pass away or if you are ever incapacitated. Contact us today if you need advice regarding revocable Living Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Marital Trusts, Trusts for Minors, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Spendthrift Trusts or Pet Trusts.

There are many reasons clients decide to establish trusts, including tax minimization and providing for the needs of underage beneficiaries. Call us today at (757) 500-5135 to request your free consultation with a skilled lawyer at TrustBuilders Law Group to discuss all of your estate planning options.

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Caring For Virginia Peninsula Families For Over 100 Years
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