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Mark F. Hyson

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Mark F. Hyson As a native of Fauquier County, Mark Hyson is especially grateful to be practicing law here. He has watched how the county has grown and changed his entire life, and has been gratified to play a role in its conservation. Since joining Walker Jones in 2005, Mark focuses his practice on business law, real estate law, and estate planning, so his work as an attorney has tracked the evolution and conservation of our local communities.

Mark’s business law practice handles a wide variety of matters. In addition to forming new business entities, Mark frequently represents clients in the structuring, reorganization, and sale of full and partial interests in established businesses. Mark serves as general counsel for numerous local companies. Additionally, Mark uses business entities to achieve liability protection for clients in non-traditional businesses. One example of such an approach is in the layering of limited liability companies to provide liability protection for equine operations and properties on which horses are boarded.

Mark’s real estate law practice encompasses every phase of a real estate transaction, from the drafting of contracts to settlement, with Mark averaging over 200 settlements per year. He frequently handles everything from routine residential sales and refinances, to complex commercial transactions utilizing complex funding mechanisms. He has been recognized as a Top Lawyer in Real Estate Law by Northern Virginia Magazine.

Furthermore, Mark frequently works with landowners conserving their properties. Conservation easements allow landowners to preserve land in its natural state for future generations to enjoy and, in certain circumstances, can provide appreciable tax benefits to offset the potential burden of conservation. Landowners can utilize a traditional conservation easement with various easement holders or may work with Fauquier County’s purchase of development rights (PDR) program.

In Mark’s estate planning practice he strives to determine the strategies necessary to achieve his client’s goals and desires. While many situations call for nothing more sophisticated than a simple will, there are also times that a trust should be employed to protect an inheritance from a child (or child’s spouse) that is poor at managing money. Additional considerations such as probate avoidance and ease of administration will be thoroughly evaluated and discussed before a plan is devised.

Finally, Mark frequently combines business law and estate planning techniques to achieve privacy objectives for those clients that want or need an additional layer of protection. These situations range from protecting victims of domestic abuse from being easily located through real estate tax records to those worried about being treated unfairly in a transaction or targeted for identity theft based on their perceived wealth.

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Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, J.D., 2002
  • Virginia Tech, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, 1999

Professional, Civic & Philanthropic Affiliations

  • Past President of the Fauquier County Bar Association
  • Past Treasurer of the Culpeper County Bar Association
  • Member of the Virginia State Bar
  • Member of the Board of the Fauquier Family Shelter Services
  • Member of the Board of the Great Meadow Foundation
  • Past Member of the Board of the Lord Fairfax Educational Foundation
  • Past Member of the Board of the Piedmont United Way
  • Assisted in establishing the Virginia Victims of Crime Foundation

Admissions

  • Virginia