John F. Richards


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434/847-8195 fax
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John Richards practices primarily in estate planning, document preparation, estate and trust administration and tax preparation with regard to estate and trust administration. He also works in the small business area to establish and advise with development and legal aspects of such businesses.
John has been in the legal profession for 56 years with 31 of those years as trust officer and senior vice president of a large trust operation in which he administered estates and trust accounts and was in charge of the bank’s 7 trust offices of the Western Region of Virginia. Counting a brief stint with a law firm before joining the trust department, he has spent 25 years representing clients.
During his business career he has been on many civic and business boards of directors, including Centra Foundation, Lynchburg City School Foundation, the Greater Community Trust, Downtown Lynchburg, Keep Lynchburg Beautiful Commission, Lynchburg Coca Cola Company, Strother Drug Company and chairman of the estate planning committee of Bridgewater College, to name a few.
Hampden-Sydney College, BS 1956, Washington and Lee Law School LLB 1959
1959 Virginia Bar; admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia
He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, where he has been a junior and Senior Warden and member of the Vestry.

Practice Areas :

Estate and Trust;Tax and Small Business Law


Hampden-Sydney College, B.S. 1956; Washington and Lee University School of Law, LL.B. 1959

Admitted to the Bar: 


Professional Experience and Activities:  

Virginia State Bar; Lynchburg Bar Association; former Senior Vice President of Crestar Bank in charge of Western Region Trusts.

Community Activities: 

Centra Health Foundation (Board of Directors); Greater Lynchburg Community Trust (Board of Directors); Bryan Wade Trust (Board of Trustees).