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Susan Lynn Eleff

Estate planning Attorney at Bethesda, MD

5.0   133 reviews

also known as The Eleff Law Group

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 7 years
    Virginia - VA 8 years
    Illinois - IL 22 years
    Maryland - MD 37 years
    New Jersey - NJ 45 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 45 years
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2015
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1978
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Susan

Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%

    31 years, 300 cases

  2. Probate
    25%

    26 years, 100 cases

  3. Trusts
    15%

    31 years, 100 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    15%

    31 years, 300 cases

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    16 years, 30 cases

  6. Real estate
    5%

    41 years, 300 cases

PRACTICAL & COST-EFFECTIVE FOR PRE-NUPS, ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE, BUSINESS & COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

I am Susan Eleff, an attorney with over forty years of experience in estate planning, business transactions and commercial and residential real estate matters. I welcome new clients in the areas where I practice, and make every effort to provide outstanding service.  I invite you to watch the very short "whiteboard" video posted by my photo on my "home page" on this Avvo site.


My estate planning practice includes the preparation of wills, trust agreements, family limited partnerships with planned gifting, powers of attorney, and medical directives. I formulate comprehensive plans to address tax aspects, asset protection and business succession, in accordance with clients' needs and priorities.

My transaction practice extends to a broad range of matters, including corporate, partnership and limited liability company start-ups, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, private placement of securities, buy-sell and employment agreements, secured transactions and intercreditor agreements, work-outs and refinancings.

My real estate work encompasses property acquisitions, sales, development, financing, tax-free exchanges, leasing, restrictive covenant and easement agreements for retail, office, industrial, residential, condominium and mixed-use properties, including big box and shopping center developments, office buildings, raw land, and other real estate. I have also handled trial and appellate litigation on adverse possession cases in the Maryland state courts.

I am admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois. I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, receiving my B.A. there in two years after high school, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in my major, Economics, where I was awarded the Shanbaum Prize (top Economics graduate). I have been rated "AV Preeminent" in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest rating by that service.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 7 ...

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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sean | July 2, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Terrific Service!
Terrific service, Susan was quick and efficient in assisting and handling my estate affairs. Highly recommend this law group!
Posted by Margie | December 15, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced, effective, kind, honest, and ethical
I am very fortunate to be a client of Susan Eleff's. She is a brilliant writer with an exceptional mind and a sharp eye for details. As important, she is a sincerely warm and empathetic person. A tireless professional, she is always available to allay concerns and answer questions. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Althea | September 4, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation on a Holiday weekend
Attorney Susan Eleff attentively listened to my concern about how to strategically go about becoming the personal representative for my late Father's estate. All my concerns and more were addressed and I would highly recommend this law firm for legal guidance.
Posted by Henry and Barbara | July 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Susan Eleff, Outstanding Attorney
Susan Eleff is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and a pleasure to work with. She not only explains the legal issues in a concise and understandable manner, but provides options where appropriate for clients to consider.
Posted by Ron | July 4, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
I am not a resident of Maryland, but having just been advised that a close relative who was a resident had died, I needed legal advice from an attorney in the area. It was a Sunday when I reached out to the Eleff Law Group with some preliminary questions and query about assistance. I was hoping for a response early in the work week, but to my surprise, I reviewed a call from Susan that very same Sunday. In addition to our initial discussion, we had exchanged some preliminary paperwork by the time I made my way to Maryland later in the week. I was getting a bit frazzled when I next talked to her. We had additional discussions including the effect of a brewing family turmoil as related to the will. She proffered very good advice as to my options for navigating the turmoil. Ultimately, I decided to remove myself from the fight. Had I continued, I would have been grateful to have Ms Eleff representing me. In my brief experience with her, she displayed a wealth of knowledge combined with empathy which made me very comfortable. I highly recommend her firm for probate issues.
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Posted by Stuart | April 20, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Selling our home
“Accessible, knowledgeable, professional. “Excellent job representing our interests when selling our home. We recommend her highly.”
Posted by DWAYNE | March 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
SUSAN ELEFF AND THE ELEFF LAW GROUP HAVE BEEN GOD SENT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. TO ME, SETTLING OUR FAMILY ESTATE BUSINESS, WAS JUST TO MUCH FOR US GIVING ALL THE LOGISTICS INVOLVE. THE ELEFF LAW GROUP TOOK THAT BURDEN OFF OUR SHOULDERS AND GAVE US THE PEACE OF MIND WE NEEDED TO GET THROUGH THE PROCESS. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE ELEFF LAW GROUP FOR ANY FAMILIES NEEDING HELP WITH ESTATE ISSUES
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Posted by Panayotis | January 25, 2023
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Outstanding Service
In the last twelve months, I had to revise my Last Will & Testament twice; both times I used the services of The Eleff Law Group. I received an outstanding service with prompt, clear, and enlightening guidance regarding my options. Ms Eleff took the time to explain to me the County Laws regarding Wills and Probate, and translated them to me from legalese to a language that a layperson like myself can understand. All that at a reasonable fee. Thank you Ms Eleff.
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Posted by Miriam | January 13, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
We recently engaged Susan Eleff for estate planning, and for a civil litigation matter. In both cases Susan was easily accessible, very knowledgeable, diligent and hard working, returned emails very quickly, and overall did an excellent job for us. We would happily work with her again, and we would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a expert attorney who is very accessible and will work hard for you.
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Posted by John | December 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Eleff Group is the Best of the Best in estate planning attorneys
We highly recommend and gladly assign a five-star rating for the Eleff Law Group. Susan Eleff guided and counselled my wife and I as well as our son in creating two separate estate plans that are tailored-made to our unique needs. Susan has that rare ability to listen empathetically and with a reassuring calmness in answering all of our questions throughout the process. Her calm and hopeful demeanor was exactly what our family needed at a difficult time in our lives. For this, we are sincerely grateful, and Susan is without hesitation someone in whom we have the utmost respect and trust.
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Posted by SUSAN | October 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
After struggling to find an attorney to handle an out-of-state probate issue it was a joy to work with Ms. Eleff. She was professional, quick and provided excellent service.
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent experience, would recommend!
I worked with Susan on a pre-nuptial agreement. Susan took the time to explain many of the pre-nup concepts to me in detail, and was a great advocate for me in talks with my partner's attorney. She offered thoughtful suggestions, which made a somewhat awkward pre-marital experience a bit more palatable. I had confidence that Susan had my interests in mind and would recommend her to friends for legal assistance.
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Posted by Margo | July 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceeded our Expectations!
We engaged Susan Eleff to update our estate papers after interviewing several attorneys. We were impressed with Susan’s expertise. She quickly understood our unique situation and offered creative ways to structure our trusts. Overall, she did an outstanding job! We’ve worked with many attorneys in the Washington DC area. Susan stands out not only for her knowledge of the law and intelligence, but also for her integrity, quality and deep commitment to clients. She completed our estate papers within the timeframe and fee she quoted even though our papers ended up being more complex than anticipated. She and her staff presented all of our final documents in a professional leather binder along with a thumb drive making access and reference easy. We fully trust and recommend Susan – she exceeded our expectations.
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Posted by Gail | July 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Susan was very quick to respond to all of our inquiries and very knowledgeable about what we needed to say and do. She made some edits in our contract that were really helpful! Thank you, Susan!!
Posted by Ruth | June 28, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Review
Upon finding this attorney who was recommended to me by a friend, I was most pleased to find that her location was convenient and accessible to me as a client. She was extremely helpful in taking on my specific case. She took a considerable amount of time to meet with me to discuss the particulars of what I needed and was looking to achieve. She provided me with various options that were best suited for my case and spoke with clarity and comprehensiveness for me to understand.
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Posted by Tamsen | February 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Everything you want in a lawyer
My husband and I hired Susan for our wills and estate planning. She was very thorough and prompt in getting everything done. We were able to review everything as things went along so that in the end, our wills reflected our exact wishes. I would definitely recommend Susan Eleff. She is so easy to work with and always follows through on what she says.
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Posted by Dianne | September 21, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Conscientious - Creative- Thorough
I recently worked with Susan to redo my previous estate planning documents to bring them up to date. Susan cared about me and my family, providing timely, practical solutions for our unique planning needs. Even in a fairly straightforward last will, there is legal language that can be confusing - Susan patiently broke it down to layman's language. She took the time to know the situation well enough to make sure I understood the alternatives and why she was making a particular recommendation. She explained the best ways to write a power of attorney and advanced medical directives so that should they need to be used, there would be no question about my intent. Susan earns a 5 star rating - she is conscientious, creative and thorough.
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Posted by Frank | September 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Outcome
I found myself in need of an estate lawyer after my sister, trustee of my mother’s trust, decided to shut down all communications with the family and neglect her fiduciary responsibilities. Susan was very responsive. I was able to speak directly to her, give an overview of the situation, and make an appointment for later the same evening to have an in-depth meeting. She quickly helped me understand our legal options, gave great advice and we devised an immediate plan of action. Susan was able to immediately break barriers with my sister & her hostile lawyer. My experience with Susan was excellent.
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Posted by Anna | August 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Right there when you need her!
Recently, I needed my DNR before a surgery which was the last thing on my mind. Susan emailed it to me in a flash helping me take one more pressing thing off my list of pre-surgery to do's. Susan is the kind of professional that meets you in the moment.
Posted by Jack | July 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Give her a call
I made three inquiries to Probate attorneys in The Chevy Chase area. Susan was the first to respond and fortunately, she agreed to work for me. She and her team respond quickly to every call. She is extremely knowledgeable, very accommodating, sincerely caring especially due to our very sad and difficult situation. Do not hesitate to call her for help, you will not be disappointed.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Firm Owner and Manager
  • Susan Eleff, Attorney at Law
  • 1994 - Present
  • Notary Public
  • Susan Eleff, Attorney at Law
  • 2015 - 2015

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • JD
  • 1978
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • BA
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lyons v. Premo Pharmaceutical Labs, Inc.
  • Appellate court upheld trial judge's dismissal

Associations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 1987 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyers
  • American Lawyer Magazine
  • 2015
  • Shanbaum Prize in Economics
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • 1975

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (26)
Endorse Susan
Trusts Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I selected Ms. Eleff to act as independent counsel for a trust I manage because she has a fantastic résumé and even better ratings. I needed someone with top qualifications whom I had never met, and her 10.0 on Avvo and AV from M-H plus her Penn education made her a clear choice. I found her work to be skillful, precise, well-reasoned, and intelligent. I adopted her recommendations in full without changes. As an added bonus, she was easy to work with and cordial even though I kept her at arms-length for the entire assignment. I look forward to working with her again, and she would be on the top of my list for referrals."
Estate planning Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am delighted to endorse Susan. We are teaming up on a complex case together, and Susan has proven to be on top of her field, highly professional, a team player and all around great lawyer. Did I mention that she cares for her clients immensely and fun to work with? Susan is the real deal!"
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well respected in the legal community"
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Susan for many years. Susan is an excellent attorney. She is intelligent, professional and committed to providing superior advice and service to her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse Susan."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Susan previously and can say she is an excellent lawyer. I have referred close friends to her for estates and trusts work and would do so again without hesitation."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Susan is a superbly qualified attorney with excellent client rapport. She delivers top-notch, cost-effective legal advice in estate planning, real estate, and corporate matters. I strongly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Susan is an extremely intelligent and creative attorney who brings her years of experience to the estate planning process. Nothing is too complex for Susan!"
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Susan for many years both professionally and personally. Susan is an extraordinary attorney – one of the best in the area. She has high intelligence, diligence, superb legal skills, and a passion to achieve success for her clients. I enthusiastically endorse Susan."
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