It can be challenging to select the attorney that is right for you. Here are a few tips:
1. Licensing and Specialties. Search for attorneys in good standing who have an active license in your state with estate planning specialties that best match your needs. In addition to wills, advanced health directives, and powers of attorney, this may include probate administration, trusts, guardianship for minor children, tax avoidance, and asset preservation.
2. Referrals and Directories. Get recommendations from your accountant, financial advisor, or other attorneys. You can also use online directories that can be searched by practice type (estate planning) such as Avvo, Bethesda Magazine Top Attorneys, Christian Legal Society, Martindale, and Washingtonian Magazine's Best Lawyers. Some directories charge the attorneys shown a listing fee.
3. Research. Research the websites for the attorneys on your final list to ensure you are making a good choice, including the attorney's fee structure, which can be either hourly or fixed. Check online for peer and client reviews.
4. Personal Interview. Most attorneys offer the opportunity for a free or low-cost initial conversation to give their prospective clients a full understanding of the services that are provided.
5. Not able to afford an attorney? Check with Maryland Legal Aid, Virginia Legal Aid, and DC Refers to determine if you qualify for financial assistance in the preparation of estate planning documents.
Licensed in Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Suren G. Adams is an attorney with a passion for organization and excellence. She founded Adams Law Office, LLC, over 20 years ago to help her clients get their financial houses in order and find peace of mind. She is an experienced member of the Maryland Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, Elder Counsel, Wealth Counsel, and the Christian Legal Society.
Suren obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland in 1994 and then completed coursework for a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialty in Rhetoric. Suren then obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University Law School. She is a published author and speaker, presenting on estate planning throughout the Maryland metro area on radio, TV, and online.
Suren was born in Guyana, South America, and moved to Durham, North Carolina, with her family as a young child. A few years later, the family relocated to Maryland. Suren, her husband, and son enjoy volunteering at their church, and hiking and biking in the many parks and trails in our scenic DMV area.
Licensed in Maryland
Marshall Horman's legal practice includes estate planning, family law, civil litigation, and real estate. He is also a trained mediator. After law school. Marshall served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Solt for the Circuit Court for Frederick County. Admitted to the Maryland State Bar in 2002, he joined Shoemaker, Horman & Clapp and remained there until 2016, when he co-founded Horman Nichols, LLC.
He currently serves on the Advisor Board for the Salvation Army and a committee member of the Resolution of Fee Disputes for the Maryland State Bar Association. He has also served on the Executive Committee for the Frederick County Bar Association, including president in 2018.
Attorney Horman is a former member of the Highland View Academy Board of Trustees, including as a member of the Executive and Personnel Committee. He has served as a member of the Planned Giving & Trust Services Certification and Accreditation Committee for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Licensed in MD, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Attorney David Pasti has been serving clients in Maryland since 1989 with practice areas that include estate planning and probate. During the pandemic, David waived into Washington, D.C., and Virginia, now practicing law in three jurisdictions. His office is in Rockville near the Rockville Town Center and he can meet with clients in person or virtually. David is a member of the Christian Legal Society and also serves as the part-time director of Christian Legal Aid of DC.
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