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Suzanne Benvenuto Simpson

Estate planning Attorney at Spencerville, MD

4.9   45 reviews
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  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 30 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 30 years
    Virginia - VA 32 years
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Suzanne

Learn Suzanne’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    Write Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives in a logical and concise manner to represent my client's wishes and to provide them with peace of mind.

    33 years

  2. Probate
    20%
    Work with the personal representative/executor to process Last Will and Testament through the Register of Wills Office. Also conduct Trust Administration. Goal is to make the process smooth and efficient.Have processed extraordinarily complex cases.

    33 years

  3. Trusts
    20%
    Write Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Spend-thrift Trusts, Children's Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Medicaid Trusts

  4. Wills and living wills
    20%
    Write Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Medical Directives to provide peace of mind to clients who can rest knowing their wishes are fully expressed.

    33 years

  5. Elder law
    10%
    Guide elderly clients and their families/loved ones as they navigate the inevitable changes and issues that arise in old age.

    33 years

COMPASSIONATE, CONVENIENT AND COMPREHENSIVE ESTATE PLANNING

Simpson Law, P.A. was founded in 2003 to provide a comprehensive, compassionate, and convenient way for busy parents and professionals to obtain vitally necessary estate planning services.   

Simpson Law, P.A. provides clients with comprehensive estate planning services, including the preparation of various documents, strategies to reduce or eliminate estate tax liability, and recommendations regarding asset titling, life insurance, and beneficiary designations. The standard package of documents provided includes a Revocable Living Trust, Will, Power of Attorney for Health Care, Power of Attorney for Finances, and a Living Will.  Depending upon the client’s needs, trusts such as marital trusts, children’s trusts, and life insurance trusts are advised and prepared.  The firm also negotiates pre-marital agreement for existing cliients.

 

Suzanne met her husband while hiking with the Washington Ski Club and stills enjoys family hikes, as well as paddle boarding, golf, reading, and international travel.

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2014,2012
Client's Choice
2018 2014 2012

Location

Simpson Law, PA
2000 Spencerville Road
Spencerville, MD, 20868

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  45 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2018
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Prepared Wills and Trusts
Changed Wills and Trusts prperade in another state after our move to Maryland. All issues were clearly explained and advised for our best alternatives. All work was prepare expeditiously and accomplished in a short period.
Posted by Bob | May 16, 2017
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Estate planning with a smile.
Suzanne carefully went over the advance material we provided and explained in full the documents that she would prepare, all of which were in accord with the instructions we had provided. The amended revocable trust now reflects our wishes and will provide for our peace of mind.
Posted by Tamara | April 29, 2021
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Attorney with Compassion
Mrs. Simpson was was highly recommended to me by a friend. My friend described her as professional, compassionate, and efficient. After the initial consultation I knew I needed to work with her. I would strongly recommend anyone looking for an attorney to give Mrs. Simpson and her firm a call.
Posted by Margot | April 16, 2021
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Absolutely the best experience seeking legal advice
Prior meetings w/ lawyers were of the blunt and to the point type, lacking compassion. Suzanne wanted to know about me and my story before delving into legal detail. Compassion and insight, providing guidance and legal professionalism unequalled by any prior experience I have ever had.
Posted by Dale | April 16, 2021
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Will & Trust Creation
Atty Simpson was very clear and conscientious in her service. She made sure to propose all useful solutions so that I could create the best will/trust combination for me, relieving me of a great deal of stress.
Posted by CMC | July 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Practical, adaptable, & a great listener
Recently completed an estate plan with Suzanne. She really listened to my situation, understood my desires/needs & made some solid suggestions. Her knowledge of Maryland law & clear, business-like explanations gave me confidence we were moving in the right direction. She and her team made what can be a confusing, and somewhat scary, project attainable. Thanks to both Suzanne & her team!
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Response from Suzanne Simpson July 31, 2019
Thank you so much! Such a pleasure to work with you on this project!
Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very quick, thorough, and professional.
I contracted with Simpson Law to update my estate plan after moving to Maryland from another state. As a former attorney myself, I was very impressed by the responsiveness, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness of their work. For instance, I prefer contact over e-mail, not phone, and always received a very timely and informative response. Suzanne Simpson thinks about contingencies that other estate attorneys may not always address, such as basing beneficiary distributions on percentages and not on set dollar amounts. The location where we met was a pleasure on itself: beautiful grounds and an all-round lovely place to get everything in order. I also found that all the people I met with the firm were very pleasant. Five stars.
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Response from Suzanne Simpson February 21, 2019
Such a pleasure to work with you too! Thank you so much for your kind words!
Posted by Martha | December 28, 2018
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Good Experience
Simpson Law prepared our estate plan including family trusts. Suzanne provided everything we need and clear instructions. She and her associate made this process easy for us. Hire this firm if you want an expert and a good experience .
Response from Suzanne Simpson January 3, 2019
Thank you for your kind words Martha. Addy and I enjoyed working with you and your husband. Happy New Year!
Posted by Bob | November 14, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very thorough
Suzanne was very patient with my wife and I as we navigated exactly what we wanted to do with our estate and final wishes.
Response from Suzanne Simpson November 15, 2018
Thank you for your kind words Bob. It was a pleasure working with you and your wife.
Posted by Jane klag | June 13, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Will and Trust
This law office is efficient and thorough . We were pleased with the service we received . They were timely in answering any questions. They did what they said they were going to do. They provided us hard copy of everything and also provided a disk. I would recommend them for estate planning. They are experts in this field.
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Response from Suzanne Simpson November 15, 2018
Thanks so much Jane, Addy and I enjoyed working with you and your husband.
Posted by Tony | May 11, 2018
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Trust
Suzanne was very professional and very thorough. She explained things very well!
Response from Suzanne Simpson November 15, 2018
I appreciate you Tony, thank you!
Posted by Joe | May 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You Suzanne!
Roughly 13 years ago, I asked Suzanne to write my Last Will and Testament and health directives. I was very pleased by her work and attention to detail back then. More recently, as much has changed for me since that time, I asked Suzanne to provide me with an updated LWT, health directives and place my estate into a revocable trust. Suzanne is very efficient, stays on point, gives a quick turn around on the product, and has a wonderful team who are a pleasure to work with. On a personal level, Suzanne made me feel very comfortable about those end of life issues I had been worrying over. Its a fantastic feeling to have the sense of security these legal document provide. Thanks Suzanne!!
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Response from Suzanne Simpson May 10, 2018
Thank you so much, Joe. It was great to see you again and catch up!
Posted by Mike | April 15, 2018
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Estate Plan and Will
Suzanne prepared the Estate Plan (Revocable Living Trust) for my parents and also my Will. Suzanne's definitely deserves a five star rating and Avvo Pro rating of 10 as she is everything you want in an attorney. Experience, easy to talk to, patient, caring, knowledgeable, efficient, explains things and someone you can trust. And a dog lover too!
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Response from Suzanne Simpson April 16, 2018
Thank you Mike. So enjoyed working with you and your parents.
Posted by Srini | October 19, 2017
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Revocable Trust
I found Suzanne Simpson online and got an immediate response to my inquiries. During our first meeting she made me feel very comfortable, explaining the process thoroughly so that even someone unfamiliar with wills, like myself, could understand. The whole process was totally painless and prompt and I couldn't be happier.
Response from Suzanne Simpson October 26, 2017
Thank you so much, Srini, Addy and I both enjoyed working with you!
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2017
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Estate Planning
We consulted Suzanne Simpson to have our wills updated. She was most helpful and patient as she explained all of the details. We were very pleased with her advice, support, and assistance in completing our wills and trusts. We have already referred friends to her.
Posted by Kristen | September 18, 2016
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Will and Trust Planning
My husband and I worked with Suzanne on our long overdue will and trust, and found Suzanne to be extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to work with. She is truly an expert in her field and we would highly recommend her to others seeking estate planning guidance.
Posted by Martin | September 13, 2016
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Estate Planning Expertise and Experience
Suzanne Simpson and her associate provided us expert advice and service to set up our family trusts, draft new wills and prepare associated power of attorney. Her knowledge of Maryland estate planning was more than evident and presented in such a way as to provide the information, protect our confidence, and at a level easily understood by non-attorneys. The materials prepared were thorough and well-prepared in a timely manner and our meetings with them were pleasant and accommodated our work and family schedules. Absolutely pleased with our dealings with Suzanne and her associate. Price of their services was well within expectations and consistent with my research of other estate planning providers in our area. Glad we took the step with their assistance.
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Posted by Kristine | September 10, 2016
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Very knowledgeable and helpful
We needed to do a new will and create Advance Medical Directives. Suzanne was so knowledgeable about wills vs. trusts and helped make recommendations that fit our specific situation. She made every step easy and her Legal Assistant, Addison, was wonderful as well. Thanks so much!
Posted by Richard and Karen | May 2, 2016
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ESTATE PLAN AND TRUST
Easily done. We met, discussed our preferences, reviewed the result and finalized the documents. Estate planning is something people have a tendency to put off, but once begun, Suzanne got us through it quickly and professionally.
Posted by Ellen | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning at its best!
Suzanne is a true professional who I have had the pleasure to work with on numerous occasions. Handling an estate is a tedious process. Suzanne has a wonderful ability to listen, understand and manage the process with various family members. Clients who use her services for estate planning are well prepared and know that their wishes will be honored. I have worked with Suzanne to provide services in selling real estate. Coordinating the disposal of personal articles, providing clean up and staging of a home can be an emotional process; we have worked together to insure successful closure. My husband and I have also used her services personally for estate planning and very happy.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Bean Kinney & Korman
  • 1999 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Smolen & Plevy, PC
  • 1992 - 1999
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Fairfax County Circuit Court
  • 1991 - 1992

Education

  • Mediation Matters
  • Carl Schneider
  • 1999
  • George Mason University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • George Mason University
  • Double BA
  • 1986
  • Institute for European Studies, Vienna Austria
  • N/A
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Associations

  • Maryland Bar Association
  • 1992 - Present
  • Virginia Bar Associaton
  • 1991 - Present
  • Olney Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Howard County Womens Bar Association
  • President
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Howard County Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Section
  • Co-chair
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Estate Planning Council of Suburban Maryland
  • Secretary
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Fairfax Bar Association, CLE Committee
  • Co-Chair
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Washington Ski Club
  • General Counsel
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Nominee ATHENA Women's Leadeship Award
  • Athena International
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Elder Law Attorney MD
  • AIOLC
  • 2016
  • Executives and Entrepreneurs
  • Cambridge Who's Who Among Professionals
  • 2011
  • Class of 2011
  • Leadership Montgomery
  • 2010
  • Inns of Court
  • George Mason University School of Law
  • 1990
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Publications

  • NBI Estate Administration and Medicaid Estate Recovery
  • Legal Ethics in Estate Administration
  • 2015
  • Elder Law and Medicaid Planning: What you Need to Know
  • Advanced Directives: Making Tomorrow's End-of-Life Decisions Today
  • 2013
  • Baltimore Sun
  • Wills and Trusts
  • 2010
  • Regulatory Affairs Journal (RAJ)
  • Editor
  • 1990
  • Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI)
  • Editor
  • 1989
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Speaking Engagements

  • Money Smart For Older Adults
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • 2019
  • Cornerstone Montgomery Advisory Boad
  • Elder Financial Abuse
  • 2019
  • Silver Spring Professional Mothers
  • Estate Planning for Young Families
  • 2016
  • Trusts 101
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2015
  • Estate Administration and Medicaid Estate Recovery
  • Legal Ethics in Estate Administration
  • 2015
  • Elder Law Conference
  • Advanced Directives/Living Wills
  • 2013
  • Women's Finance Group DC
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Montgomery Village International Moms Club
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Baltimore Veterans Affairs
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • Think About It
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Moms, Inc.
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning and Long Term Care Insurance
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Vegetarian Resource Group
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Real Estate Investment Society
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Moms, Inc.
  • Business Planning
  • 2010
  • Moms Club International
  • Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Howard County Bar Association Trust and Estate Section
  • Grantor Trusts
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (12)
Endorse Suzanne
Unknown Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Business Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch litigation attorney who is dedicated to client success."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Suzanne Simpson. She is personable, professional and an experienced estate planning and probate attorney. I have referred clients to her in the past and look forward to doing so in the future."
Probate Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Suzanne accepted a referral of a client of my firm who needed help with a probate of an estate in her jurisdiction. She met with the clients promptly, handled their matter efficiently and has made the clients feel very comfortable. I would not hesitate to refer other matters to her in the future."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Suzanne's work. I've known Suzanne for over 10 years, worked with her at the Estates & Trusts Section of the Howard County Bar Association, and worked a matter together with her. I am a witness to her professional behavior and integrity - she's a great attorney and a great person. Suzanne's experience and professional judgment are great assets to her clients. I would not hesitate to refer a loved one to her."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Simpson is experienced, diligent, conscientious, thorough, responsive and professional. She serves her clients extremely well and is a valued member of our legal community."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Suzanne is a wonderful individual to not only work with, but also to have her on your side. She is very knowledgeable in the practice areas of wills, trust, estates and business. She provides advice and counsel in clear and non-legalize terms so you may understand your options and make informed decisions."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Suzanne is very knowledgeable about the law and the recent changes. She is wonderful with clients, keeping them informed and advising them regarding how best to protect themselves."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. She is personable, professional and a wonderful attorney. Both her work ethic and work quality are outstanding; she is terrific."
Estate planning Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Suzanne Simpson is knowledgable, efficient, communicative and helpful. She keeps up with the latest laws affecting her area of practice."
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