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Cheryl Sellers Johnson

Trusts Attorney at Rockville, MD

5.0   3 reviews

About Cheryl

Learn Cheryl’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    40%
    We provide Trust Planning as well as Trust Administration services for Trustees.

  2. Estate planning
    30%

  3. Probate
    20%

  4. Tax
    10%

Ms. Johnson practices estate planning & wealth transfer, tax planning, and business planning.  She works with individual clients and small business owners at all levels of wealth, including mid- and high-net worth individuals.  She advises clients on a full spectrum of financial and estate planning services, including wealth transfer, business, and tax planning. Ms. Johnson develops customized solutions that emphasized clients’ personal family profile and priorities; and their wealth transfer objectives.  Cheryl's special practice focus is on "Wealth Transfer Planning for Real Estate Investors."

For clients with assets approaching or exceeding estate tax exemption levels, Ms. Johnson develops strategies utilizing complex trusts and business entities including irrevocable trusts designed to maximize tax savings and the transfer of wealth. When advising clients in estate and trust administration matters, she provides fiduciaries with guidance and post-mortem strategies to maximize the transfer of wealth to beneficiaries and minimize the tax burden while helping them comply with their fiduciary obligations and duties

Licensed for 27 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 06/08/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 07/12/2022

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

Contact Cheryl

Sellers Johnson Law
1 Research Court Suite 450
Rockville, MD, 20850

Reviews

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Posted by Andrew | January 25, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Clear Answers on Technical Trust Questions
My wife and I had some irrevocable trusts from many years ago that were never really explained to us. We talked with Ms. Johnson, who sat down with us and explained how they worked, and more importantly, what the tax issues were. This is the first time anyone explained what they were for. We hired Ms. Johnson to update our estate plan and fix the trusts.
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Posted by Susan | June 4, 2015
Wonderful Assistance with Trust Administration
I was referred to Cheryl after my father passed away. He had set up Trusts for me and my brother and sister and I was the initial Trustee. Cheryl was excellent in helping me deal with my father's estate and setting up the three Trusts. Until my father passed, we had no idea that our inheritance would be in the form of irrevocable Trusts instead of outright to us. Cheryl helped us to make sure that we did not violate the terms of the Trusts. She helped us set them up to make them irrevocable and she gave us detailed instructions about how to manage the Trusts so that we did not violate my father's wishes. She also helped with the probate estate. Cheryl is helping us with ongoing Trust Administration, including taxes. We would be lost without her.
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Posted by James | June 24, 2014
Excellent help with Estate Tax Planning
My wife and I were referred to Ms. Johnson by our financial advisor, who said that we may have to pay estate taxes. We met with Ms. Johnson and she did an amazing job explaining complex tax concepts to us--she used diagrams and had prepared a strategy guide for us before our first meeting. We ended up hiring her to draft our wills and trusts and to draft two advanced irrevocable trusts (GRATs) that moved some assets out of our taxable estates. We never knew that these GRATs existed or how they worked!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Sellers Johnson Law
  • 2017 - Present
  • Trusts & Estates Senior Tax Manager
  • CohnReznick LLP
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Principal
  • Press & Dozier, LLC
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Paley Rothman Goldstein Rosenberg Eig & Cooper
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Principal
  • Sellers Johnson Law, PC
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Director eDiscovery Proposals & Software License Agreements
  • FTI Consulting
  • 2006 - 2010
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Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2015
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1991
  • Towson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986
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Legal Cases

  • Estate Litigation
  • Successful

Associations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, Technology Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Representative Payee Program of the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Trusts, & Estates
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Trusts & Estates
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland, Section of Estates & Trusts
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Team: Trademark & Unfair Trade
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • 1993

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Principals and Practice
  • Maryland Real Estate Law
  • 2003
  • University of Maryland, Associate Professor
  • Intellectual Property Law for Business
  • 1997

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (12)
Endorse Cheryl
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Cheryl on some estate planning matters. We have referred clients to each other and I have received positive feedback from the clients that I referred to her. I am pleased to endorse Cheryl."
Elder law Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Cheryl and I have consulted or worked together on several matters. Cheryl is a skilled lawyer and never enters a meeting unprepared. What I like about Cheryl is that she is always looking for ways to better her practice and it is demonstrated in her work."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cheryl Sellers Johnson knows her business well and her comments here on AVVO demonstrate a caring attitude and a very high level of knowledge about the legal issues she discusses. If you are a client looking for a great attorney, she would be an excellent choice."
Business Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cheryl enjoys a long history of success and is respected by her peers."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of reading many fine and thoughtful responses from Ms. Johnson to questions asked on Avvo and I think her skill and talent as a lawyer are well-demonstrated. I would not hesitate to rely on her professional judgment."
Elder law Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cheryl takes the time to provide a full and comprehensive response to questions as well as recommendations to assist the asker."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cheryl's answers on AVVO have always been thorough and informative. I would not hesitate to refer clients to her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl's answers to Avvo questions really shows how she cares about client issues and stays sharp and knowledgeable. It is refreshing to read what she writes and there is always a common sense element that wows me. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl uses her skills to help her clients plan for one of the most vulnerable periods of their lives. She brings expertise, talent and ethics to her practice and assist clients' plans for transition in a way that opens the pathways in their lives to security and peace of mind. She is a credit to the legal profession and I'm proud to endorse her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cheryl has impressed clients and colleagues alike with her knowledge, her skills, and her professionalism. And she has also distinguished herself by her straightforward, pragmatic, and detailed responses here on avvo. She is a true trust and estates lawyer, focusing almost her entire practice on estate and financial planning and probate type of issues. In fact, she is less than a year away from completing her LL.M in taxation, which will help make this eminently qualified practitioner ever more qualified. I have learned a lot from Cheryl's forthright and informative responses, and admire both her willingness to address difficult questions in a way that laymen can readily appreciate and her obviously caring and compassionate nature. I would not hesitate to refer to her anyone in Maryland or Washington, D.C. who needs help with estate planning, probate, or administration. And I am proud to offer this wholehearted endorsement of Cheryl Johnson."
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