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Susan Lynn Eleff

Estate planning Attorney at Bethesda, MD

5.0   125 reviews

also known as The Eleff Law Group


Licensed for 44 years

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Learn Susan’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%

    29 years, 300 cases

  2. Probate
    25%

    24 years, 100 cases

  3. Trusts
    15%

    29 years, 100 cases

  4. Wills and living wills
    15%

    29 years, 300 cases

  5. Marriage and prenuptials
    5%

    14 years, 30 cases

  6. Real estate
    5%

    39 years, 300 cases

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.

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Licensed for 44 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2016
Updated 06/08/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2015
Updated 10/01/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/11/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 07/12/2022
State PA
Status Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 10/01/2022
State NJ
Status Administrative - Not authorized to practice
Acquired 1978
Updated 11/07/2022

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

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Client's Choice
Susan received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
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 SUSAN | October 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| 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
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| 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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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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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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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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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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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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Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2021
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Personable
Quick follow up and follow through! Susan took her time to explain things thoroughly. She communicated promptly in person, by phone and by email.
Posted by Erika | July 13, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Fast, easy and reliable service
After my father passed unexpectedly, I was looking for an estate lawyer and came across Susan Eleff because she had the most 5 star reviews on the internet. And she did not disappoint. I called, spoke directly to her and was able to ask some questions and receive some great advice. When I called back again I spoke with her paralegal, Kimberly, who was able to give me fast and reliable answers. I am so grateful for their advice and will definitely be coming back.
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Posted by Philip | April 26, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Estate lawyer and firm
I live in Ohio and when I needed an estate lawyer due to my brother in Maryland passing away, my wife did an internet search and found Susan Eleff law group. Susan met with us and helped us go thru the process of handling the estate and filing all the required documents for the court. Working with Susan and one of her legal assistants named Kimberly Graham we were able to be assigned as the personal representative for the estate within one day. Then the actual process of handling the estate with me being an out of state person was long and the estate was complicated so it took over 2 years to complete all processing and get the estate closed by the court. During the entire time I was always able to get expert legal advice and direction from Kimberly and Susan which helped me tremendously in the challenging time of dealing with my brothers sudden death. Susan's office handled all correspondence with the court and was caring and professional in all of my dealings with them. I highly recommend the Eleff Law group for any legal assistance you may need. Their expertise as well as their compassion and empathy were demonstrated on several occassions during the processing of the estate. You can trust Susan and her staff to guide you in the most professional manner. I am writing this review because when I choose the Eleff Law group it was because of the internet reviews on her that helped me decide to seek her advice/counsel and I want to let others know that the reviews are accurate and I am a very satisfied customer. Philip M.
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Posted by Jim | March 24, 2021
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The Consummate Professional
I hired Susan to add a second name to a Deed of Trust and she performed in an exemplary fashion. She exhibited a high degree of professionalism and efficiency at a very reasonable price. I would highly recommend her to anyone in need a real estate attorney.
Posted by Amy | January 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Attorney
Susan Eleff recently helped me and my husband to create individual Trusts, Wills, Living Wills and Power of Attorney documents. My husband and I both have little experience with these things, so we asked a lot of questions. Susan patiently answered them all, and offered suggestions on the best way to approach some issues that were important to us. She helped guide us through the maze of options available when doing estate planning, and made sure that we had everything we needed in place to assure that our wishes would be carried out. Thinking about death is never fun, so to have such expertise as Susan's to rely on made a world of difference. She has been the estate attorney for both my husband's family and my own, and we have come to trust her advice as she assisted our family through the settlement of the estates of our parents. I recommend Susan highly - she is professional, knowledgeable, and personable, and her staff is great to work with as well.
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Posted by Ernest | January 25, 2021
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Excellent job
Susan Eleff did an excellent job, along with her assistants, working with my wife and I to get our wills done. She explained things. and answered all our questions . I would recommend using her services.
Posted by Charles | January 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding, Prompt, Reasonable
We found Susan Eleff on a Google search and glad we did. Susan Eleff and staff provided excellent, prompt, reasonable professional services on Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorney, and Medical Directives. The needed services and documents were completed within 2 weeks and they did all of the filings and provided copies. She is very easy to reach. A turn key solution for us. Outstanding work!
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Posted by Tom | January 6, 2021
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Knowledgeable and Responsive
My husband and I are in our 70s. We engaged Susan Eleff to give us advice on implementing a comprehensive estate plan that involved establishing several trusts, as well as updating our wills and other medical and power-of-attorney documents. She was very knowledgeable, clear, and patience in outlining our options and the tax implications—as well as which ones would provide ease of administration and execution upon the death of one or both of us. Susan was always available to answers our questions and attentive to our need for changes. She and her staff were efficient in preparing the documents and provided the service at a reasonable fee. We were able to accomplish everything remotely, except for signing the documents, which was done adhering to COVID-19 guidelines in an pleasant outdoor space.
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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
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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

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

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)
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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