Lisa Mathews is a licensed attorney serving clients throughout northern Virginia in the areas of estate planning, criminal defense, and divorce.
Please call 703-520-3206 for an appointment.
Lisa graduated cum laude from George Mason Law School where she served as Articles Editor for George Mason Law Review. During law school, Lisa interned for the Department of Justice – Office of Immigration Litigation, Appellate Division and the Senate Judiciary Committee, Office of Senator Hatch. She also participated in the Mason Veteran and Servicemember Clinic and the Supreme Court Legal Clinic. And, she interned for Judge Contreras on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Lisa published two articles in law journals.
Prior to law school, Lisa worked at Fidelity Investments for over 10 years as a project and people manager where she gained extensive knowledge of the retirement industry. Lisa also has a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University.
After law school, Lisa worked for the Small Business Administration assisting hurricane victims acquire emergency loans. She then worked as an attorney on a wide variety of cases including criminal defense, divorce and juvenile cases. Lisa is a certified Guardian ad litem for children. She is also a certified court-appointed attorney for misdemeanor and juvenile cases.
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- Criminal Law
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- George Mason University School of Law
- J.D. (2017)
- Honors: cum laude
- Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
- MBA (2014)
- Virginia State Bar # 92697
- Q. I'm writing my will. Is there a minimum requirement or a percentage that a former spouse is to receive after death?
- A: Hello, There is no requirement that you include a former spouse in a will in Virginia.
- Q. He bought the house before we got married. Of the 10 years he's owned it, we were married 3 years. Am I owed equity?
- A: Yes, you are probably entitled to a value equal to some amount of equity in the house. In a Virginia equitable division of assets during a divorce, property is divided into three types: marital, separate and hybrid. Marital property is divided between the parties, separate property is left to the party who owns it, and hybrid property - property that is both marital and separate - will be will be carefully valued to determine which percentage of the property is marital, and then the value of the marital portion will be taken into account when assets are divided. In this case, your contributions to the home don't necessarily give you the right to the house in the divorce, but your contributions to the mortgage will be taken into account and you will have some right to the value of the home. Keep in mind that the way your funds were paid will be taken into account, in other words, whether your funds were paid from your personal property or from marital property. Lisa Mathews MathewsLawpllc.com