Your Dreams, Our Knowledge…Creating Estate Plans That Work!
Meet Debbie Lott
An Associate Attorney
Deborah A. Lott (who goes by Debbie) began her legal career in 2006 as an Associate Attorney for the firm of Eisenhower, Laufer & Tarby, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia concentrating on real estate, civil litigation and estate planning. After multiple years of law firm experience, Debbie opened her own firm in Warrenton, Virginia as a sole practitioner with an eye of developing a small town practice that was holistically focused on the needs of each individual client. She wrote wills, obtained divorces, set up businesses and litigated collection cases. In 2014 she relocated to the Williamsburg area and in 2017 joined the Zaremba Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law as a Trust/Probate Administrator and Funding Coordinator.
Debbie was first introduced to estate planning needs as a college student when her father died suddenly at the age of 54 years old after a massive stroke left him brain dead and on life support. He died without an estate plan and Debbie saw everything her mother went through. As an attorney, she fiercely provided pro bono work for clients’ families whose elderly relatives have been swindled out of sometimes substantial sums by unscrupulous contractors. Debbie’s true passion was revealed; however, after the birth of her son who, at the age of 2, was diagnosed with ADHD and pervasive developmental delays and then at age 11 was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder, and a Chiari 1 brain malformation. Advocating for her son throughout the IEP process in elementary secondary and high schools taught her about frustration , diplomacy, preparation and the importance of coming together to find the best solution.
“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”
Teamwork - Meet Debbie Lott
This is what drives Debbie. It’s not just about the law; it’s about people and relationships. It’s about doing the right thing and the best thing (and the knowledge that sometimes these two things are not the same thing). It’s about love and taking care of the people in your life ~ whether they are spouses, aging parents or disabled children. Sometimes that means making hard decisions, but Debbie believes that there is no such thing as too much knowledge as it allows you to make the best decisions you can. This is why she loves the staff at Zaremba Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law. They share her passion and are similarly committed to creating personalized estate plans that “work” based on each client’s individual needs. There are no cookie-cutter plans here!
Debbie earned her B.A. in Paralegal Studies from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, graduating summa cum laude while juggling a full-time job and caring for her son as a single mother. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., also while juggling a full-time job and caring for her son. She has been on boards of directors for therapeutic horseback riding programs, which provide physical and emotional therapy for disabled children and young adults. She has also served on the boards of trustees for churches in Warrenton and then later in Williamsburg. Today she lives in Mathews County, Virginia where in her spare time she tires to keep the deer from eating her tomato plans and enjoys being bossed around by her rescue kitty cat who came her way after her original owner went into assisted living and could no longer care for her. Whether at work or at play, it’s still all about love.
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History & Expertise
J.D., 2006 – American University, Washington College of Law, Washington D.C.
B.A., Paralegal Studies, Marymount University, Arlington, VA
Commonwealth of Virginia 2006