Paula J. Patterson

Paula J. Patterson
  • Paula J. Patterson

  • Phone: (540) 437-3121
  • Fax: (540) 437-3101
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Paula Patterson has worked as a paralegal in both large and small law firms in Richmond, Virginia and Harrisonburg for over 30 years, practicing in the areas of litigation, real estate, corporate law, estate planning, and estate and trust administration. Paula has extensive experience in estate administration, working closely with personal representatives to aid in the administration process from the date of death through the closing of the estate. She has substantial experience in the preparation of inventories, accountings, estate tax returns, and correspondence with beneficiaries. Currently Paula is the auditor for Assistant Commissioner of Accounts, Jennifer E. Shirkey.


  • Served as paralegal on defense team representing a major pharmaceutical company in a multi-national product liability case
  • Conducted real estate title examinations throughout the state of Virginia
  • Provided practical and procedural assistance to clients handling estates, trusts, and guardianships
  • Audited inventories and settlements submitted to the Assistant Commissioner of Accounts


  • Certified Legal Assistant (NALA), 1994 - 1999

Practice Areas Education

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, Virginia
B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Early Childhood Education, 1974