Senior Associate

Phone: 703-214-1885

Fax: 703-777-3656


Office: Vienna VA

Sarah C. Aviles, Esq. concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, fiduciary representations, and civil litigation. As an estate planning attorney, Ms. Aviles advises clients on planning for family financial needs, probate avoidance, and incapacity. Ms. Aviles has prepared hundreds of estate plans, including trusts, wills, financial powers of attorney, advance medical directives, living wills, and documents of anatomical gift. Ms. Aviles utilizes estate tax planning, small business planning, and special needs planning, as necessary, to craft an estate plan for each client’s unique financial and personal circumstances. Ms. Aviles has represented many fiduciaries through the complex trust and estate administration process, from insolvent estates to multi-million dollar estates and trusts. Upon an individual’s death, Ms. Aviles advises trustees and executors on Federal and state estate and inheritance tax laws and post-death personal and fiduciary income tax requirements. Ms. Aviles has guided many trustees and executors through the process of properly settling a trust or estate and distributing diverse assets, such as business interests, real property, and retirement accounts. Ms. Aviles has represented executors from the initial steps of probating a will with the Court through the complicated probate process, handling correspondence and filings with the Commissioner of Accounts, beneficiaries and financial institutions. Ms. Aviles has also represented executors at hearings before the Commissioner of Accounts on beneficiary disputes. Ms. Aviles has represented prospective guardians and conservators of incapacitated adults and minors through the Court appointment and qualification process. Ms. Aviles concentrates half of her practice in civil litigation in the Federal and Circuit Courts. Ms. Aviles has represented many fiduciaries before the Virginia Circuit Courts in matters including probate-related proceedings, beneficiary disputes, augmented estate claim disputes, and will and trust contests. Ms. Aviles has also litigated cases in various areas of the law, such as business, employment, construction, adverse possession, and contract law. Ms. Aviles received her J.D. from the William & Mary School of Law in May 2013. While at the William & Mary School of Law, Ms. Aviles was a published member of the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law, Editor-in-Chief of one of the law school newspapers, and worked in the William & Mary Elder Law Clinic.

  • Law School Attended
    • William & Mary School of Law, J.D., May 2013
  • College attended + degree
    • The College of William & Mary, B.A., English, May 2009

State Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

US District, Court of Appeals, or other court admissions

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, July 2014
  • Member, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2013 – Present Member
  • Virginia Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2013 – Present Planning Committee Member
  • Virginia Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2014 – Present Member
  • Fairfax Bar Association, 2016 – Present

Do You Hear What I Hear? The Right of Prospective Parents to Use PGD to Intentionally Implant an Embryo Containing the Gene for Deafness, 19 WM. & MARY J. OF WOMEN & L. 1 (Fall 2012).

Synopsis: This Comment discusses the legal rights associated with utilizing certain fertility treatments, namely, Preimplanatation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), to genetically “design” a baby. In particular, this Comment reviews the current state of the law in regard to the use of PGD by prospective parents to intentionally implant an embryo with a gene for deafness. These legal rights are explored in conjunction with a discussion of Deaf culture.