Derrick P. Fellows

Practice Areas

  • Conservation easements (also known as open-space easements), including helping landowners to protect their property with conservation easements and to claim tax benefits for doing so; reviewing subordination requests for banks and other lenders; preparing deeds for sellers of individual parcels in conserved properties to ensure that the appropriate development rights are allocated to each parcel; and helping potential purchasers of conserved properties understand what their rights and obligations under the conservation easement will be;
  • Business planning and commercial transactions, including creating corporations and LLCs, drafting and negotiating contracts, and handling commercial closings;
  • Estate planning, including drafting wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, and trusts;
  • Estate administration and probate, including preparing inventories and accountings for filing with the appropriate Commissioner of Accounts; and
  • Nonprofit law, including incorporating nonstock corporations, preparing corporate bylaws, and preparing applications (Form 1023 / Form 1023-EZ) for tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Contact Derrick P. Fellows

Hawthorne & Hawthorne, P.C.
Attorney at Law
1805 Main Street
P.O. Box 931
Victoria, Virginia  23974
Phone: (434) 696-2139
Fax: (434) 696-2537


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Amelia County, Virginia
  • Appomattox County, Virginia
  • Brunswick County, Virginia
  • Buckingham County, Virginia
  • Campbell County, Virginia
  • Charlotte County, Virginia
  • Cumberland County, Virginia
  • Dinwiddie County, Virginia
  • Halifax County, Virginia
  • Lunenburg County, Virginia
  • Mecklenburg County, Virginia
  • Nottoway County, Virginia
  • Prince Edward County, Virginia

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Kelo, Conservation Easements, and Forever - Why Eminent Domain Is Not a Sufficient Check on Conservation Easements' Perpetual Duration


In this article you will learn how Kelo v. City of New London affirmed that promoting economic development is a permissible public purpose sufficient to justify taking private property by eminent domain and that a legislative body is to receive broad deference in making this determination.

Much of the threat of a “frozen land utilization problem” comes not from conservation easements held by private land
trusts, but rather from easements held by the federal government, over which the states will have no power of eminent domain