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Steve Widdes’ approachable style not only helps put his clients at ease, it helps establish the kind of close relationships that allow him to build highly-individualized and effective estate plans that give his clients peace of mind. By working closely with his clients throughout the various stages of their lives, Steve helps them anticipate and manage their changing goals, address new tax laws and IRS regulations, and protect their assets. He is especially effective at navigating sophisticated plans that address issues unique to clients with substantial assets.


Steve is Co-Chair of the firm’s Estates and Trusts practice group and works with clients in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax and business succession planning.  He also assists them in protecting assets for future generations through long-term trusts for children, as well as pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Previously an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service’s Estate and Gift Tax Branch, Rulings and Projects Sections, he brings considerable knowledge and experience of the tax issues affecting his clients’ estates and trusts.

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  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Tax: 20%
  4. Trusts: 20%

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  • Mark B Weinberg

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Steve is a well informed and well respected member of the Estate Planning Bar in Maryland. His practical synthesis of technical rules for the benefit of his clients sets him apart.

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Stein, Sperling, Bennett, De Jong, Driscoll & Greenfeig, PC

25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, MD, 20850

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MDActive198209/20/2015
DCActive 197711/29/2015
MNNot Authorized - Non-payment of fees197607/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Attorneys in MarylandMaryland Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyers2016
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2016
Top 100 Attorneys in Washington, D.C.Washington DC Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Attorneys in MarylandMaryland Super Lawyers2015
Top Estate PlannerWashingtonian Magazine2015
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyer2015
Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2015
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2015
Super LawyerMaryland Super Lawyer2014
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyerWashington DC Super Lawyers2014
Top Estate PlannerWashingtonian Magazine2013
Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland and D.C.Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland and D.C.Super Lawyers2012
Top Estate LawyersBethesda Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Top 100 Lawyers in Maryland and D.C.Super Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
RecognitionTop Lawyers in America2007
RecognitionTop Lawyers in America2006
RecognitionTop Lawyers in America2005
Leading LawyersLegal Times2002
Top Trust and Estate LawyerWashingtonian magazineN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalStein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC2010 - Present
PrincipalShulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, PA2002 - 2010
Rullings BranchInternal Revenue Service1979 - 2002
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Montgomery/Prince George's County Tax Study GroupMember2012 - Present
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist CongregationEndowment Planning Committee2011 - 2012
Jewish Social Service AgencyPlanned Giving Committee2011 - 2012
Hebrew Home of Greater WashingtonVice Chair2009 - 2011
Suburban HospitalPlanned Giving Committee2002 - 2012
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow2000 - 2008
Hebrew Home of Greater WashingtonBoard of Governors1998 - 2011
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow Asset Protection CommitteeN/A
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellowN/A
Maryland State Bar Association, Estate and Trust Law Section CouncilMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Estate Planning Council of Suburban MarylandMemberN/A
District of Columbia Estate Planning CouncilMemberN/A
Bar Association of Montgomery CountyMemberN/A
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Maryland State Bar Association, Taxation SectionFormer ChairN/A
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Maryland State Bar AssociationAsset Protection2010
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1981
Drake University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Drake UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)Steve Widdes to present at a Maryland State Bar Association course2013
Sisterhood Bikkur Holim Eldercare CommitteeSteve Widdes to present on Understanding the Fundamentals of Eldercare2013
Stein SperlingTaking Advantage of Estate Planning and Tax Benefits before Time Runs Out2012
MCMSEssential Estate Planning for Physicians Seminar2012
Maryland State Bar Association, Inc. Leadership AcademyAnn Jakabcin and Steve Widdes to speak at MSBA Elder Law Symposium2012
Maryland State Bar AssociationSteve Widdes to present “Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust”2012
Jewish Social Service AgencySteven Widdes to speak at Jewish Social Service Agency seminar2012
Charles E. Smith Life Community Suburban Hospital Sibley Memorial HospitalSteve Widdes to serve as panelist at 2012 Transitions in Care Symposium2012
Suburban Hospital AuditoriumCovering Your Assets: Positive Steps You Can Take Today to Protect Your Loved Ones2011
Ecker Business Training CenterSteven Widdes to present a CLE state-wide program for the Maryland State Bar Association2011
Ecker Business Training CenterSteven Widdes to present to the Maryland State Bar Association’s Estate and Trust Section2010
American Association of Attorney-Certified Public AccountantsSteven Widdes to present at the AAA-CPA Capital Area Chapter Meeting2010
LecturePlanning for a Hospital Stay2007
LecturePlanning for a Hospital Stay2006
Montgomery County-Prince George's County Continuing Legal Education InstituteEstate Planning2003
Montgomery County-Prince George's County Continuing Legal Education InstituteEstate Planning2002
Montgomery County-Prince George's County Continuing Legal Education InstituteEstate Planning2001
Montgomery County-Prince George's County Continuing Legal Education InstituteEstate Planning2000
Maryland Institute for the Professional Education of LawyersUse of Trusts in Estate Planning2000