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Virginia C. Love


Virginia Love concentrates her practice in estate planning law, federal income, estate gift and generation-skipping taxation law, estate and trust administration, corporate law and health care law. 

Professional Biography

Ms. Love's extensive experience includes estate and financial planning, including individuals, wills and trusts, closely held corporations, sophisticated estate planning techniques, charitable giving techniques, gift tax planning and returns, generation-skipping tax planning and returns, planning for distribution of pension and profit-sharing plans, insurance planning, prenuptial agreements, powers of attorney, health care powers and living wills, qualified Subchapter S Trusts drafting and administration; business organizations: corporate formations, shareholder agreements, business contract drafting, noncompetition agreements, employment agreements; deferred compensation agreements, split-dollar insurance agreements; Subchapter S Corporations, and exempt organizations; Partnerships: formation and distributions; Estate Administration: probate and trust administration; and health care: general representation of medical practices.

She also has experience in business organizations, including dissolutions, merger/consolidation, corporate governance matters, licensing and distributorship agreements, non-profit corporations, professional corporations and LLCs; real estate: acquisition and disposition, partition, commercial leases, and landlord/tenant; state taxation: inheritance/estate and gift tax; estate administration: will contests, disclaimers, conservatorships, guardianships, planning for disabled, Medicare and Medicaid planning, and estate tax return preparation; employee benefits: pension and profit-sharing plan formation and administration, and taxation of plan distributions; family law: divorce negotiation, marital dissolution settlement agreements, QDRO's tax considerations in marital dissolution planning, and prenuptial agreement drafting; and securities: private placement, partnerships, syndication, broker-dealer regulation, Investment Advisor's Act Regulation and Blue Sky Laws.

  • American (Corporation, Banking, and Business Law Section), Tennessee (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section), Georgia and Chattanooga Bar Associations
  • Frequent lecturer on estate planning topics, taxation of life insurance and employee benefits to professional (Tennessee Bar Association, Estate Planning Councils of Chattanooga, Knoxville and Dalton; Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, Chattanooga CPA Society; Charter Life Underwriters) and lay groups
  • Instructor on "Advanced Estate Planning," graduate degree program sponsored by American College and Chattanooga CLU Society
  • Named the 2015 "Lioness of the Bar" by the Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women (SETLAW)
  • Named a 2014 Women of Distinction Honoree by the American Lung Association in Tennessee
  • Member – Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET)'s Pro Bono Hall of Fame
  • President – Chattanooga Chapter of Society of Financial Service Professionals (2003 – 2004)
  • Past president – Chattanooga Tax Practitioners
  • Past president – Chattanooga Estate Planning Counsel
  • Former Adjunct Professor – Business Law at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Torts
  • Academic Achievement Award in Jurisprudence
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1993 in the areas of Trusts and Estates, Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies, Nonprofit/Charities, and Family Businesses Law 
  • Named Best Lawyers' 2020 Chattanooga Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Fellow – Chattanooga Bar Foundation
  • Fellow – American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Listed since 2006 in Mid-South Super Lawyers; named among top 100 attorneys in Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2011); named among top 50 female attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2012)
  • Board Member – Helen Ross McNabb Foundation (2014 – 2015)
  • Board Member – Chattanooga Partnership for Families, Children and Adults


  • University of Tennessee, J.D., 1978
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville, B.A., 1972, magna cum laude


  • Tennessee, 1978
  • Georgia, 1980

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