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Mr. McClanahan is a Fairfax, Virginia native who was trained at Michigan State University College of Law and returned back to the area shortly after law school. Mr. McClanahan provides knowledgeable and compassionate legal expertise to individuals and families throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia in estate planning, protection, and recovery matters.

Mr. McClanahan is an experienced estate litigator who works with clients to challenge the validity and enforceability of wills and trusts. Mr. McClanahan has successfully litigated estate matters, which include favorable estate challenges for settlements over half a million dollars. In addition, Mr. McClanahan uses his estate litigation experience and knowledge to assist in the drafting and preparation of estate planning documents; counseling and consulting on probate and trust administration matters; and preparing and reviewing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance directives.

A life-long Washington D.C sports fan, Mr. McClanahan enjoys watching his favorite teams, traveling, and going to the movies.

Representative Cases

  • Successfully represented heir and beneficiary in a complex estate challenge composed of claims for bill to impeach a will for undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity.
  • Successfully defended heir and beneficiary in defense of a real estate deed that was being challenged on grounds of undue influence.
  • Represented individual business owner on advisement as to how to succession plan his business and its intellectual property into his estate plan.
  • Represented affluent married couple in the drafting of their estate plan, which included complex trust documents.
  • Successfully represented executor of estate in preparing and defending the estate from challenge, which resulted in no challenge or settlement payment to the opposing party.
  • Represented executor of the estate in probate administration proceedings.
  • Successfully represented heir of a smaller estate in strategies and techniques available to avoid administrator qualification and putting the case before the commissioner of accounts.
  • Successfully represented spouse omitted from estate to obtain her full inheritance under the estate.
  • Represented clients in advising and drafting codicil to former will that allowed them to avoid unnecessary probate problems.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • Virginia Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D., Juris Doctor
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science
      • Major: Political Science
      • Major: Philosophy
  • Fraternities
    • Sigma Phi Epsilon

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Rating
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite Award in Business Law
  • Presented an all-day course on Gift and Estate Tax to accountants, CPA’s, and Attorneys for 6 (live) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits to attendees.
  • Active and certified member of Clarus Business Advisors.