E. Diane Thompson
E. Diane Thompson - Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, Fiduciary Income Taxation, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, and Post-mortem Tax and Disclaimer Planning
A shareholder of the firm, E. Diane Thompson practices in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, Fiduciary Income Taxation, Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, and Post-mortem Tax and Disclaimer Planning.
She manages her practice from the firm's Suffolk office.
Thompson is a frequent lecturer, particularly on the subject "Disclaimers: When, Why & How to Say "No" to an Inheritance.
The myriad events at which she
has lectured include the University of Miami Heckerling Institute
on Estate Planning, Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Conference, Duke Estate Planning Conference, Southern California Tax & Estate Planning Forum, the Annual Great Plains Federal Tax Institute
, the AICPA Briefing on Sophisticated Tax Planning for Your Wealthy Clients, the Advanced Estate Planning Lecture Series of the Minnesota Bar
and the Annual University of Richmond Estate Planning Seminar.
also authored "Chap.
13, When it is Better to Disclaim Than to Receive, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Heckerling Institute
on Estate Planning" (Matthew Bender & Co. 2005).
was interviewed for "Disclaimers: How You Can Win By Giving Up an Inheritance, Tax Hotline" (August 2005).
has written three articles on disclaimers for the Trust and Estates Newsletter of the Virginia State Bar Trusts and Estates Section, and two for the Probate Practice Reporter.
has appeared in each edition of the Best Lawyers In America since the 1991-92 edition, has been listed in "Legal Elite," Virginia Business magazine
- Taxes/Estates/Trusts, and has been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers each year since 2006.
has instructed courses in field for numerous state CPA societies, including Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Tennessee.
was also recognized by the Virginia Society of CPAs
as an Outstanding Discussion Leader from 1990 through 1994.
From 1988 through 1996, Thompson taught courses in advanced estate planning and federal taxation of estates, gifts and trusts at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
She earned her Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Additionally, she holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University.
She also holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mathematics from The College of William & Mary.
is admitted to practice law by the Virginia State Bar and the Washington State Bar
Thompson is a member of the Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association and the Suffolk Bar Association, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel.
is a strong supporter of youth baseball.
She served as annual auction chair for the Western Branch Baseball and an assistant tournament director for showcases and tournaments run by Dynamic Baseball in 2009 and 2010.