About Ari Sommer


Virginia Estate Planning Attorney

Ari Sommer
Associate Attorney

Ari graduated cum laude from Boston College Law School, where he was the Managing Editor of the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Originally from Boston, MA, Ari relocated to Virginia in 2011 after meeting his bride, Garland, and joined the Stapleton Elder Law family soon thereafter. The couple wed in Clarke County in 2012 and live “happily ever after” in Charlottesville with their frisky felines, Freddie and J’Maine. Ari and Garland are expecting their first child in March 2015.

While Ari’s focus in on Elder Law and Asset Protection, he is also an expert on Veterans benefits. Ari takes the time to listen to his client’s estate planning goals and works diligently to ensure each client receives excellent, personal, and compassionate service. A natural teacher and speaker, Ari offers monthly Estate Planning and Asset Protection seminars and regularly serves as guest lecturer at James Madison University.

Admitted to practice in both Virginia and New York, Ari primarily serves our Winchester and Charlottesville clients and their families.

Great experience with Simon! He was efficient and professional. I can relax knowing that (my planning) is well taken care of.

Laura D.
Charlottesville, VA

Thank you for your wisdom, patience & support through this process. We always felt like we were in “good hands.”

Carol D.
Greene County, VA

We’ve known Simon for the last 2-3 years he has worked with us to resolve a number of complex family issues. Simon’s manner is gentle, kind and reassuring; he instills confidence. We have great peace of mind knowing that he’s there for us. We have recommended him and will continue to do so we consider him more than just our attorney.

Gene and Kim Y.
Scottsville, VA

The entire staff is compassionate to all aspects of dealing with the often times difficult and sensitive matters of estate planning and planning for your elder years. Top notch. Couldn’t be more satisfied.

Brian S.
Charlottesville, VA

Working with Mr. Stapleton and his very excellent staff was a complete pleasure. The resulting documents reflect their knowledge & dedication. I highly recommend their services.

Tamsin S.
Charlottesville, VA

Thank you for your concern and help in updating our legal documents. Being able to sign the papers in your office was great.

Jim and Mary A.
Waynesboro, VA

Met when needed legal assistance for multiple family issues. Defined and proceeded to structure medical, trusts and will to protect wife, son, and grandchildren. Also, have amended my trust and feel it’s important to join the C.F.C. Plan [the Client and Family Care Plan] for other expected services.
You owe it to your beneficiaries to have your life’s/death’s plans defined.

Robert M.
Nellysford, VA

Stapleton Elder Law is by far the best legal firm in our area. Their knowledge and skill is unmatched.

Leonard L.
Charlottesville, VA

Lovely, beautiful people. Jeannie is always friendly and pleasant and informative. The office has perfect lighting, and we’re always offered tea or coffee. The whole experience, though it could be a time of anxiety, becomes a very loving, relaxing experience. Who knew that taking care of our family’s future and “late” life business could be such a nurturing, caring experience?

Edie G.
Gordonsville, VA

Simon and his office are professional, knowledgeable, and gives their all to making sure you get what you need!

LeAnn M.
Charlottesville, VA

Everyone in the firm is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. All your needs will be taken care of in a timely manner, with everything explained thoroughly.

Tracy F.
Richmond, VA

I can say that I worked with Simon and his professional, awesome team and they have put my mind and heart to ease. Highly recommend.

Myra D.
Appomattox, VA

What a great learning experience. Everyone there was always readily available and very knowledgeable.

Celia T.
Charlottesville, VA

Expedient, professional, and top-notch services. Extremely trustworthy and reliable. The best of the best.

Maria P.
Centreville, VA

I have utmost faith in Simon’s knowledge of elder law and recommend him highly to anyone looking for expert guidance in this area.

Beth G.
Richmond, VA

I found Mr. Stapleton very calm, thoughtful and a good listener. He helped me with my questions and concerns.

Jan B.
Charlottesville, VA

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