Sunday, January 20th, 2019

S Shopper Stories


CHESAPEAKE LEGAL GROUP, PLLC

Talented young lawyer navigated the twists and turns in the road to success

by Donna Sanders Corbus


Attorney Rachel Anderson’s extensive and diverse work history uniquely qualifies to serve her clients in areas as diverse as business formation, contracts, and estate planning.

Attorney Rachel Anderson’s extensive and diverse work history uniquely qualifies to serve her clients in areas as diverse as business formation, contracts, and estate planning.

Rachel Anderson’s path to becoming an attorney was not straightforward. There were lots of twists and turns, and sometimes, even complete stops, before she achieved her dream. While a student at Regent University School of Law, she never thought she would end up loving Hampton Roads so much that she would make it her home after graduating. But, stay she did, and her law practice, Chesapeake Legal Group, is open for business.

Born in southwest Pennsylvania, Rachel and her parents moved frequently due to her dad’s job in the mining industry. The family lived in Kentucky for several years. “I attended three high schools—one in Pennsylvania and two in Kentucky,” Rachel recalls. After high school, Rachel obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. Her first job, after graduating from college, was as a store manager in Charlottesville, Virginia for a national toy store chain.

Store management ended up not being fulfilling for Rachel, and she decided to take some time off, to figure out what she really wanted to do. That part of her path took her all the way across the country to Seattle, where she spent nearly five years working as a nanny for several families. Returning to Charlottesville in 2006, she decided to reenter the business world. Rachel became a logistics and grading coordinator with CFA Institute in Charlottesville. While working there full-time, she completed her MBA from Averett University.

After earning a master’s degree, instead of being pleased with the accomplishment, Rachel felt a void. A self-professed history and civics nerd, she realized she had always wanted to go to law school!

In 2010, she began her studies at Regent University School of Law. She enjoyed all her classes, but a whole new world opened up for her when she began classes in wills and trusts, contracts, and taxes. Rachel discovered a love for estate planning. She graduated from Regent in 2013, and after enjoying a trip to Ireland, she took the Virginia State Bar Exam. While awaiting the results of the bar, Rachel worked for a wealth advisory firm in Norfolk.

After passing the bar, she opened her Chesapeake-based law firm in May of 2014. That same month, she decided to study for the Kentucky bar. “I guess I liked to challenge myself by starting a business while taking a second bar exam,” Rachel quips. Because she frequently traveled to Kentucky to visit family and friends, she thought she might return there someday to practice law, but the pull of the Hampton Roads area has kept her firmly planted in Chesapeake.

Working from her home in Chesapeake, Rachel has low overhead costs which means she can pass substantial savings on to her clients. She will meet clients in their homes, but she also has office space where she can meet with people if they are more comfortable with that arrangement. Estate planning is Rachel’s particular specialty, but she also handles business formation, contracts, separation agreements and uncontested divorces.

One of Rachel’s first clients was a woman who asked her to look over an employment contract for a job in which she was interested. Rachel discovered that the contract was so broad that her advice to the woman was to “run.”  Grateful for the advice, the client eventually found another job.


“Understanding how different family members
interact with one another
gives me insights on the dynamics
of that particular family unit.
In turn, those insights allow me to offer advice
ideally suited to their unique situation.”

—Rachel Anderson



Another client came to Rachel needing help with the will of a recently deceased family member. The deceased had written the will using a format downloaded from the internet, but, unfortunately, had failed to sign the document. This oversight lead to a lengthy settlement process for the remaining family. Rachel advises everyone to get a will, regardless of their age, and to then look at it every three years.

“Family situations change, and tax laws change,” she explains. “People need to make sure that their will stays current with their life situation. Don’t allow the Commonwealth of Virginia to make decisions for you after you’ve gone.”

Another area of expertise for Rachel is business formation. Starting a business can be challenging, but Rachel will guide and protect her clients. She specializes in handling contractors and small business owners. “It’s very important to have the legal documents in place before any work begins,” she advises. “Don’t let the State or the Internal Revenue Service come after you because of some minor oversight.”


“People need to make sure
that their will stays current
with their life situation.
Don’t allow the Commonwealth of Virginia
to make decisions for you after you’ve gone.”

—Rachel Anderson



By working from home, Rachel stays focused on meeting her clients’ needs, and building a relationship with each in a relaxed environment. Whether working on contracts, wills, trusts, or advanced medical directives, Rachel gives each and every client the personal touch.

Rachel’s extensive and diverse employment history benefits her clients. With her business background, she’s an expert on contracts and estate planning. Her work with a wealth advisory firm is valuable in asset planning. Even her time spent working as a nanny has proven to be advantageous.

“Understanding how different family members interact with one another gives me insights on the dynamics of that particular family unit,” Rachel explains. “In turn, those insights allow me to offer advice ideally suited to their unique situation.”

When not busy helping her clients, Rachel enjoys visiting Busch Gardens with friends (“I could stay on Apollo’s Chariot all day,” she admits with a laugh) as well as Jamestown and other historical sites in the area. She hopes to someday visit Germany, France, Holland, Sweden, Greece and Spain, and explore her family roots in those countries.

For now, Rachel is focused on doing her best for her clients by providing personal, trustworthy and affordable service. Her path to becoming an attorney in Hampton Roads took a lot of detours along the way. Interestingly, she recently discovered that one of her ancestors came to Jamestown in 1619. Perhaps that’s why she is so content in Hampton Roads; Rachel’s path was not so extreme after all. It simply led her home.




Chesapeake Legal Group

757-410-7943
chesapeakelegalgroup.com