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Rebecca Shwayder Aman

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Rebecca Shwayder Aman


Rebecca Shwayder Aman is a partner with CARNEY PATTERSON MEADE PLC. Rebecca was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 2000, and she joined the firm in 2023. Her practice focuses upon estate planning and administration, taxation, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

In her estate planning and administration practice, Rebecca is skilled at explaining complex estate planning techniques to make them understood by her clients. Her philosophy in estate planning is to help her clients define their family goals and values and then guide them through the financial and legal decisions that will create an estate plan honoring those priorities. Rebecca’s expertise includes family protection, wealth preservation, and tax planning.  Recent changes in the law have allowed Rebecca and her clients to focus on income tax planning in addition to estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer tax planning, which offers clients another level of planning opportunities. Rebecca believes in a team approach to estate planning, and regularly collaborates with her clients’ financial planners, accountants, insurance and other advisors. Whether you are just starting out, looking back on a life well-lived, have young or grown children, are married or single, or have a traditional or blended family, Rebecca will work with you to develop an estate plan that will achieve your goals for your loved ones today as well as for years to come.

In her business law practice, Rebecca enjoys working with business clients to choose a type of entity based on the type of business and tax preferences, set up and maintain the entity, and advise in ongoing business matters. She particularly enjoys the intersection of estate planning and business law, working with business owners to coordinate their business interests with their estate plans and preparing businesses to continue operations in the event of an owner’s temporary or permanent absence. Rebecca’s practice also includes business succession planning, which may involve transitioning a business to the next generation or to new ownership. As a natural complement to her business practice and tax experience, Rebecca has formed and represents a number of non-profit organizations, including 501(c)(3) public charities and other types of tax-exempt entities.



  • Georgetown University Law Center – Master of Laws in Taxation (2005)
  • University of Virginia School of Law – Juris Doctor (2000)
  • Stanford University – Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1996)


  • Virginia State Bar (2000)


  • Virginia Business Legal Elite, Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law (multiple years)
  • Virginia Business Legal Elize, IP/Trademark (multiple years)
  • 2013 Virginia Business Legal Elite, Young Lawyer (under 40)


  • Newport News School Board, Central District Member (Current)
  • Adjunct Professor, Christopher Newport University (Past)
  • Board of Trustees, Virginia Living Museum (Past)
  • Hampton Roads Chapter Board, American Red Cross (Past)


  • Virginia Peninsula Estate Planning Council
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