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John T. Tompkins III

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John T. Tompkins III


John T. Tompkins III is a partner with CARNEY PATTERSON MEADE PLC. With over 44 years of experience, John has developed an especially refined skill for estate planning and administration. His philosophy in working with estates and trusts has always been to take what is complex and make it understood by the client. By accomplishing this goal, John prepares his clients to be well equipped in carrying out the estate plan that best meets the needs of the individual and his or her family. Having always been fascinated by the uniqueness of family asset bases, family-owned businesses, and the uniqueness of individuals generally, John works tirelessly with his clients to provide them the best possible solution to maintain their assets and to protect their family members.

Although estate planning often centers on estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes, recent changes in the law have allowed John and his clients to also focus on income tax planning for individual retirement assets. Because retirement assets can be significant family assets, including these income tax considerations in a client’s estate plan offers clients another level of planning opportunities.

John is committed to the team approach to estate planning. Not only must there be a close working relationship between the attorney and client, there also must be open communication between accountants, insurance agents, and financial planners, as well as bank trust officers when a client is a trust department. Since today’s clients want to have their financial planning in the hands of chosen professionals, John will not interfere with the independence of the client to choose their team. Instead, he stresses open communication and coordination between the entire team of professionals in order to safely and prudently guide the client. John’s ultimate concern with his clients is their protection and independence.



  • Hampden-Sydney College – Bachelor of Arts (1962)
  • University of Virginia School of Law – Juris Doctor (1965)
  • University of Virginia School of Law – Master of Laws in Taxation (1966)


  • Virginia State Bar

Honors (Multiple Years)

  • Virginia Business Legal Elite, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law


  • Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council
  • Newport News Bar Association


  • Board of Trustees, Mary Washington University (Past)
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