Mark W. Dellinger

Mark W. Dellinger, Roanoke, Virginia Attorney

Mark W. Dellinger

Mark W. Dellinger

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Practice Areas: Elder Law; Estate Planning; Special Needs Trusts; Guardianships; Estate and Trust Administration; Business Law; Guardian Ad Litem; Assisted Living and Nursing Home Planning.

Mark Dellinger values family harmony and preserving hard-earned assets. His previous experience in litigation fuels his desire to help families and entities prepare for potential problems proactively and constructively. He loves what he does and strives to treat clients as he would want to be treated.

Admitted: 1994, Virginia.

Law School: University of Richmond, J.D., 1994.

University: University of Richmond, B.A., 1991.


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Elder Law Section, Business Law Section, and Wills, Trusts & Estates Section of Virginia Bar Association
  • Business Law Section and Trusts & Estates Section of Virginia State Bar
  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Alzheimer’s Association Regional Council

Virginia CLE 2015 Faculty Virginia CLE 2015 Author


2016 Legal Elite Virginia Business Legal Elite Aware 2019

Biography: Omicron Delta Kappa; Golden Key National Honor Society; National Moot Court Team; Order of the Barristers; Colonial Athletic Association Scholar Athlete; Eagle Scout.

Born: Newport News, Virginia, 1968.

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Articles by Mark Dellinger

Special Needs Trusts

by Mark W. Dellinger Special needs trusts (sometimes called “supplemental needs” trusts) allow a disabled beneficiary to receive an inheritance, gifts, lawsuit settlements or other funds without losing eligibility for certain government benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. We draft these trusts so that the funds are not treated as the […] Read more »

Estate Settlement: "Equitable is not always equal."

Excerpt from “FinalCare: Boomers for Parents”, The Roanoker, January-February 2016. “Equitable is not always equal,” says Mark Dellinger of the Roanoke law firm of Rhodes, Butler & Dellinger, which specializes in family law. “People attach love to inheritance but sometimes one child makes a much great contribution to the life of the parent in the […] Read more »

Employing Caregivers

Video presentation by Mark Dellinger, April 9, 2014. “You and the Law: Aging With Dignity”, Roanoke Bar Association. View on Vimeo »   Read more »

"Mom Fell": The Basics of Medicaid in Virginia

by Mark W. Dellinger The phone call comes just before midnight. The voice on the other end explains that your mother fell and is in the hospital. Over the course of the next several days, you learn that Mom will need to rehabilitate her broken hip in a nearby long term care facility, a.k.a. nursing home. […] Read more »

Are Your Affairs in Order?

by Mark W. Dellinger Why do we fail to plan? “I don’t have that much,” is a common answer. Other common misconceptions are that it is too expensive or complicated. Many do not want to address our mortality. For almost everyone, the plan should include a will, a power of attorney and an advance medical directive. […] Read more »

Mark Dellinger in the News

Dellinger named to Virginia Business magazine’s 2019 Legal Elite

November 30, 2019 — In its December issue, Virginia Business magazine named Rhodes, Butler & Dellinger partner Mark Dellinger to Virginia’s Legal Elite. Dellinger was one of only 24 attorneys in Virginia and one of two attorneys west of Lynchburg to be named to the Elder Law list for 2019. Read more »

Dellinger named to Virginia Business magazine's 2016 Legal Elite

November 30, 2016 — In its December issue, Virginia Business magazine named Rhodes, Butler & Dellinger partner Mark Dellinger to Virginia’s Legal Elite. Dellinger was one of only 75 attorneys in Virginia to be named to the Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law list for 2016. Read more »