Charles W. "C. W." Pace, Jr.
Charleston, WV
office 304.340.1684
mobile 304.951.3164
  • Overview
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  • Publications & Presentations
  • Community Involvement
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Mr. Pace’s primary areas of practice are estate planning, probate, commercial transactions, corporate law, and tax.


  • Providing advice and assistance to clients on a wide array of estate planning strategies, including various forms of complex transfer tax planning strategies, business succession, special needs trusts, and charitable trusts
  • Advising and counseling fiduciaries on trust, probate, and estate matters
  • Providing advice and assistance to clients on estate and trust administration related issues
  • Providing advice and assistance in connection with business and nonprofit entity formation
  • Advising clients with respect to corporate governance issues
  • Drafting, reviewing, analyzing, and negotiating contracts, leases, asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, commercial lending agreements, and other forms of transaction documents for commercial-based transactions
  • Drafting, reviewing, and analyzing contracts between coowners of closely-held organizations
  • Advising clients in connection with all forms of commercial transactions including, but not limited to, mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisting in various aspects of estate and trust-related litigation, commercial litigation, and other general forms of civil litigation
  • Advising and counseling on federal tax issues
  • Kay Casto & Chaney, PLLC, 2012—2022
  • Vice President & Personal Trust Specialist IV, BB&T Wealth Management Special Account Servicing Group, 2010—2012
  • Vice President & Personal Trust Specialist II, BB&T Wealth Management, 2005—2010
  • Trust Officer, First Community Bank, N.A., 2001—2004
  • Allen Guthrie & McHugh, PLLC, 1999—2001


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 1996
  • West Virginia University College of Law, J.D., 1999

Banking & Finance Law Closely Held Business Services Commercial Lending Corporate & Business Law Federal Taxation Mergers & Acquisitions Private Client Services Wills, Estates & Trusts


  • West Virginia State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia


  • West Virginia State Bar, Probate Committee
  • Director, Charleston Estate Planning Counsel, 2020—present; Member, 2012—present
  • Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council, 2003—2010

Publications & Presentations

  • Presenter, “Tricks & Treats for Estate Planners,” “Treating the Client’s Healthcare and Financial Needs in Advance,” WVCLE, October 23, 2015

Community Involvement

  • Commissioner, Vinton Town Planning Commission, 2008—2010
  • Leadership Roanoke Valley, 2008
  • Rotary Club of Princeton, WV, 2002—2004
  • Rotary Club of Charleston, WV, 2017—present
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