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Advisor: MaryEllen Willman

Last name: Willman
First name: MaryEllen
Company: Whiteford Taylor & Preston
Title: Partner
Email: mwillman@wtplaw.com
Seat: Estates and Trusts
Phone: 410.347.8720
Address: 10500 Little Patuxent Parkway Suite 750 Columbia, MD 21044
State: MD
Zip code: 21044
Website: wtplaw.com
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Region: SoMA



Estate Planning & Administration
• Counsels clients in a wide range of wealth profiles and personal circumstances with respect to estate planning and incapacity planning
• Designs and drafts estate plans to address each client’s personal goals and needs, from basic planning to more complex planning involving generation-skipping trusts, special needs trusts, charitable trusts and family limited liability companies
• Represents non-U.S. citizens with regard to estate planning utilizing qualified domestic trusts and other planning techniques
• Works with multiple generations of family members to provide intergenerational estate planning
• Advises business owners on how to transfer of business interests and plan for ownership succession
• Handles guardianships, conservatorships, probate of decedents’ estates and post-mortem administration of trusts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia
Estates & Trust Litigation

• Prosecuted actions for breach of fiduciary duty to recover misappropriated estate and trust funds
• Instituted proceedings against agents, personal representatives and trustees to compel accountings and produce books and records
• Handled inter partes probate actions
• Prosecuted actions to establish heirship
• Represents trustees, personal representatives and beneficiaries in a wide range of fiduciary litigation matters
• Represented beneficiary electing spousal share of augmented estate
• Obtained seven-figure settlement from trustee on behalf of a trust beneficiary for trustee’s breach of fiduciary duty
General Information

• AV Peer Review Rated: Martindale-Hubbell
• Member: Maryland State Bar Association
• Member: Virginia State Bar Association
• Member: District of Columbia Bar Association
• Frequently lectures to financial advisors, accountants and others on topics related to estate planning and estate taxation
• Working knowledge of Spanish, Italian and Russian
• American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 1986)
• State University of New York (SUNY) Stonybrook (B.A. 1981)
Practice Areas
• Trusts, Wills and Estate Planning
• Estates & Trust Litigation
• Business Succession Planning
Admitted to Practice
• District of Columbia
• Maryland
• Virginia

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