Attorney Katherine S. Charapich Esq.

Attorney Katherine S. Charapich Esq.

Estate Law Center, PLLC - Principal Attorney since January 1, 2013
Culpeper, Virginia
540-827-4395 (Office)
540-301-1719 (Office Fax)

"The role of an attorney is critical. We must protect the children who are not able to speak for themselves. We must protect our neighbor who has been wronged by another. We must reach out to the elderly who may be overwhelmed by a vast system of laws. We must act boldly when others may be caused to be weak, and use the protective arm of the law to guard against the trampling of individual liberties." K. Charapich

Following twenty years in business, and having built a reputation for excellence within the community, Ms. Charapich provides legal assistance to those in Culpeper and the surrounding Areas, by combining her business background with her legal degree. Her personal brand is one of respect, consistency, and trust. Ms. Charapich is also known for her kindness and generosity. She has a special talent in working with older adults.

Ms. Charapich obtained her Juris Doctor from Liberty University School of Law in 2012, where Ms. Charapich held the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Liberty Legal Journal. Having successfully sat for the Virginia bar exam in July of 2012, Ms. Charapich is pleased to offer legal services to her clients in a discreet setting within the town of Culpeper, Virginia.

Clients are assured that their case is taken very seriously, that they can expect extraordinary service. They trust Ms. Charapich as their advocate, as someone who can guide them through tough issues, and as one who examines all the angles in order to provide the best protection for the interests of the client.

Timing is usually a factor in the degree to which we can be proactive to the situations in our lives. Whether an individual or a business entity, preparation for life-altering events can help protect a client's interests. Ms. Charapich's mature family life, business experience, community commitment, and strong faith offer a unique combination as she applies her legal acumen to the varied cases that come before her.

In the area of estate planning, Ms. Charapich respects that her clients work hard for their resources and portfolios. Ms. Charapich understands that a client often wants to plan for his or her beneficiaries. Recognizing this, she is careful to coach clients on the importance of using estate planning tools as a means to take care of needs that the client may have in the future. Ms. Charapich calls that proactive life planning.

"To be good stewards of the law, it is important to constantly see the Truth, to be able to discern when falsehoods are at play, to have wisdom beyond measure. This journey is a lifetime commitment, and mediocrity is not an option." K. Charapich.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Elder Law
  • Business Contracts & Formation
  • Probate

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Juris Doctorate , Liberty University School of Law, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2012


  • Liberty University School of Law, Lynchburg, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2012
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1988

Published Works

  • Estate Planning FAQ , FindLaw | Thomson Reuters, August, 2017
  • Probate & Estate Administration , FindLaw | Thomson Reuters, August , 2017
  • Wills, Trusts & Asset Protection , FindLaw | Thomson Reuters, August, 2017
  • Business Law & Contract Formation , FindLaw | Thomson Reuters, August , 2017
  • Elder Law , FindLaw | Thomson Reuters, August , 2017
  • A Profile: Judge Paul Spinden; To Know the Law and the Lawgiver , Liberty Legal Journal , Fall, 2011
  • In The Gap: A Collection of Law Articles , Katherine S. Charapich, Esq., PLLC, Volume 1, 2015
  • Newlyweds, both young and old - The Commonwealth may be a third party to your nuptials, Culpeper Times , August 10, 2017
  • Estate Law Center, PLLC establishes a legacy, Culpeper Times , August 3, 2017
  • Senior Moments : Fishers of men - A Life Legacy, Culpeper Star Exponent , May 19, 2014
  • Estate Planning | Beyond Legality: Guiding Lights and rules for life , Culpeper Times , June 4, 2015
  • Estate Planning | Language Arts: The power of words, Culpeper Times , April 23, 2015
  • Estate Stewardship: Your estate tool box - Just duct tape it?, Culpeper Times , May 7, 2015
  • A Profile: Professor Edna Udobong - Welcome to Tax, A Preparation for Life and for Law , Liberty Legal Journal, Spring, 2011
  • A Profile: Professor Edna Udobong - Welcome to Tax, A Preparation for Life and for Law, Liberty Legal Journal , Spring , 2011

Representative Cases

  • Confidential

Representative Clients

  • Confidential


  • Confidential


  • Estate Planning for Seniors , Estate Law Center
  • A Roadmap to Estate Planning, , Rapp U, Rappahannock County, Virginia, October 5, 2017 - October 19, 2017
  • Seniors | Elder Law & Estate Planning , Spotsylvania County Area Senior Network, May 4, 2017 - Present
  • Legal & Financial Planning , Alzheimer's Association, March 21, 2015 - Present
  • Estate Planning | Friends and Family Day, Beulah Baptist Church, Rixeyville, Virginia, July 23, 2017 - Present
  • Estate Planning & Elder Law , OWL's - Older Wiser Learners - Marshall, Warrenton, Bealton, March 1, 2015 - December 1, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service Award Liberty Legal Journal, 2010 - 2011
  • Best Attorney Culpeper 2014 - Culpeper Star Exponent, 2014 - Present
  • Editor-in-Chief Liberty Legal Journal , 2010 - 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar
  • Culpeper County Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Past Employment Positions

  • Katherine S. Charapich, Esq., PLLC, Principal Attorney, January 1, 2013 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Trusts, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts for Seniors - Seminars
  • Wills for Seniors - Seminars
  • Probate and Administration for Seniors - Seminars
  • Elder Law, Guardianship, and Conservatorship for Seniors - Seminars
  • Business Law, Contracts, Business Formation, Succession Planning - Seminars

Previous Names

  • Katherine S. Charapich, Esq., PLLC , January 1, 2013

Ancillary Businesses

  • N/A


  • English (Primary)


  • Barristers