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Stephanie L Terry Perry

Probate Attorney at Bethesda, MD

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  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 8 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 11 years
    Maryland - MD 11 years
    Georgia - GA 19 years
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2012
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2004
    Inactive Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Stephanie

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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.

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Pasternak & Fidis Pc
7735 Old Georgetown Rd Ste 1100
Bethesda, MD, 20814-6183


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Posted by Tonya | July 7, 2016
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Estate Planning
My husband and I were in need of updated estate planning documents after the birth of our first child. I wanted to work with an attorney that was both knowledgeable and personable. My experience with Stephanie exceeded my expectations. She worked with my husband and I to ensure that the documents carried out our wishes. Estate planning can sometimes turn into what may feel like an endless list of possibilities or varied outcomes. As a parent of a young child, you can get lost in trying to accommodate so many contingencies. Stephanie was excellent at keeping my husband and I focused on the bigger picture. I would highly recommend Stephanie to anyone that is need of an estate planning attorney.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pasternak & Fidis, PC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Associate
  • Merritt Watson, LLP
  • 2006 - 2010


  • Emory University School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2004
  • Florida State University
  • B.S.
  • 2001


  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Speaking Engagements

  • 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
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Bethesda Probate Lawyer Stephanie L Terry Perry
Stephanie L Terry Perry
Probate Attorney
Bethesda, MD
Licensed for 19 years