Stephanie Perry is the Managing Partner of Pasternak & Fidis, and she concentrates her practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and premarital and domestic partnership agreements.
Stephanie advises clients in the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives, and she also counsels clients with respect to the administration of estates and trusts. In estate planning, Stephanie’s goal is to provide each client with a plan that will meet the client’s personal objectives, while also preserving wealth and minimizing transfer tax liabilities. In estate and trust administration, Stephanie strives to make what can be a very challenging process as manageable and efficient for clients as possible. According to Stephanie, the most rewarding aspect of her practice is “getting to know clients and their families and serving as a trusted adviser who will help them achieve their primary objective of taking care of family.”
Stephanie also works closely with the Firm’s domestic relations attorneys on premarital and domestic partnership agreements. Stephanie’s primary objective in working with clients in these matters is to make sure a client is properly educated, understands his or her rights, and concludes the process with an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.
Stephanie has been recognized as one of the area’s top estate attorneys by Washingtonian and Bethesda Magazine; she has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Maryland; and she has also been recognized by Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers in the areas of estate planning and probate every year since 2015. Stephanie is past Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Community of the District of Columbia Bar. Stephanie is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County.
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Stephanie received her B.S. in Political Science and English from Florida State University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. After practicing in Atlanta for several years, she joined Pasternak & Fidis. Stephanie is admitted to the Bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Georgia.
An unwavering believer in the power of education, Stephanie serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Washington School for Girls (WSG), an all-girls, tuition-free private school. Located in the District of Columbia, WSG provides access to education and support to 3rd through 8th grade students and their families in order to prepare them for success in high school and beyond. The Firm has also fervently supported WSG for several years.
|VA||Authorized to Practice Law||2015||07/02/2022|
|GA||Inactive Member in Good Standing||2004||08/09/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyer -- Trusts and Estates (Maryland)||Best Lawyers||2020|
|Super Lawyer -- Estate Planning & Probate (DC and Maryland)||Super Lawyers||2019|
|Super Lawyer -- Estate Planning & Probate (DC and Maryland)||Super Lawyers||2018|
|Super Lawyer -- Estate Planning & Probate (DC and Maryland)||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Super Lawyer -- Estate Planning & Probate (DC and Maryland)||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Super Lawyer -- Estate Planning & Probate (DC and Maryland)||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Partner||Pasternak & Fidis, PC||2010 - Present|
|Associate||Merritt Watson, LLP||2006 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Virginia State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section||2015 - Present|
|Montgomery County Estate Planning Council||2015 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section||Steering Committee Member||2012 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association, Estate and Trust Law Section||2011 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section||2004 - Present|
|Thomson West publication||Book: Maryland Estate Planning and Probate Laws Annotated||2018|
|P&F Reporter||“The District of Columbia Death with Dignity Act”||2018|
|P&F Reporter||“Powers of Appointment: A Powerful Estate Planning Tool”||2013|
|Emory University School of Law||J.D.||2004|
|Florida State University||B.S.||2001|
|Estate Planning Tax Lunch Series||“Don’t Trip Up the Step-Up: The Importance of Basis Adjustment Planning”||2019|
|Continuing Education Seminar on Using and Drafting Trusts in Estate Planning||“The Marital Deduction”||2019|
|Annual Meeting||Asset Protection: Trusts and Marital (Premarital and Postmarital) Agreements||2019|
|Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting||“Planning to Avoid Conflict in Blended Families"||2018|
|Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section Meeting||"Back to Basics: Powers of Appointment"||2018|
Posted by Tonya
July 7, 2016