At a time when few women practiced law, Sharon started and built her own law firm after graduation from law school. Her firm was located in Fairfax County and handled civil matters, including civil litigation, with a major emphasis on the practice of family law. After ten years, she closed the firm to coincide with her move out of state. In 2011, she joined Culin, Sharp, Autry & Day, P.L.C. to practice family law with an emphasis on elder law issues. Now that one out of every four people being divorced is over 50, Sharon’s understanding of the interrelationship between family and elder law serves CSAD clients as they look at the long-term impact of divorce. Tenacious and detail-oriented, Sharon oversees the legal information gathering process known as “discovery” that is essential to the preparation of most family law cases at the firm.
From 2011-2014, Sharon shared her legal knowledge with students at Northern Virginia Community College’s Paralegal Studies Program by teaching “Estate Planning and Probate Law” and “Trial Practice and the Law of Evidence.”
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:
|Law School:||Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VirginiaJuris Doctor, 1976
|College:||Westhampton College, University of Richmond
Richmond, VirginiaB.A., History and Psychology, with Honors in Psychology, 1973
Virginia State Bar (Member, Family Law Section and Trusts & Estates Section)
Fairfax Bar Association (Member, Family Law Section and Elder Law Section)
Fairfax Circuit Court Motions Conciliator
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
“How Equitable Distribution and the Premarital Agreement Act May Impact an Estate Plan,” Trusts and Estates Newsletter, Virginia State Bar, Spring 2014.
“Estate and Probate Statutes Every Family Law Attorney Should Know,” Family Law News, Summer 2013.
“Equitable Distribution: Virginia Code Section 20-107,” Virginia Bar Association Journal 18 (1982): 4-12 (co-authored).
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM TEACHING:
The Intersection of Family Law and Elder Law in Estate and Probate Law, Fairfax Bar Association CLE, 2017.
Intersection of Family Law, Elder Law and Estate Planning, Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys CLE, 2017.
Estate and Probate Issues That Every Family Law Attorney Must Know, Virginia CLE, 2014.