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Henry C Clarke JR

Estate planning Attorney at Gaithersburg, MD

4.8   17 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 40 years
    Maryland - MD 45 years
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1983
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1978
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Henry

Learn Henry’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Counselling. Preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable, special needs and other trusts, advance medical directives, powers of attorney. Handling of probate and trust administration.

    46 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Wills and living wills
    Counselling. Preparation of Wills, Advanced Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, ancillary documents

    46 years, 2,500 cases

  3. Probate
    probate of all types of estates

    46 years, 500 cases

  4. Business
    Business formation. Contract preparation, negotiation and review. Full range of small and medium size business matters.

    46 years, 1,000 cases

  5. Real estate
    Conduct residential and commercial closings. Real estate contract preparation, negotiation and review.

    46 years, 7,500 cases

We are a focused, personal, caring and compassionate provider of legal services in those fields, wills, trusts, special needs, probate and the like, where these approaches should be intertwined with the provision of these legal services.


Also, we actively participate in the community, as shown here:


Member, Board, Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund.


President, Board of Trustees, and General Counsel, Rockville Nursing Home, Rockville, Maryland.


Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland, Inc.


Member, Upcounty Community Resources (organization for social and educational opportunities for developmentally disadvantaged individuals).


Married 41 years, 3 children.


Interests: Sports, golf, boating, reading.


Henry C. Clarke, Jr., P.A.
6 Montgomery Village Avenue
Suite 510
Gaithersburg, MD, 20879-3516

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4.8 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Posted by Ken | April 16, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, Competent and Professional
Henry Clarke has been my family and business attorney for three decades, and he has never let me down in any situation. He has adeptly handled everything from my in-laws' estate details to preparing our wills and living wills. Beyond these, he has managed a dozen more events, both mundane and complicated, with thoroughness, professionalism, and care. Henry's approachable manner, complemented by just enough humor—when appropriate—helps maintain a pleasant environment. You cannot find a better attorney than Henry.
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Posted by Connie | July 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Excellent Choice
In choosing Henry Clarke as your lawyer, you can be assured you will receive exceptional attention to your needs. During the time I spent setting up wills and a trust, Mr. Clarke took his time to clearly explain the process, answer my questions, and resolve my concerns. He is patient, thorough and knowledgeable. He is kind and trustworthy. I highly recommend Henry Clarke.
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Posted by Richard | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Will, testamentary Trust, and Estate Planning
Attorney Clarke and his assistant Sarah were wonderful to work with. They were clear, comprehensive, timely and inclusive of all of the ramifications of my plan which included my well, a testamentary trust and other planning documents. After the documents were finalized, I had some follow up questions on beneficiary documents which they went above and beyond in helping me navigate. These folks are pleasant and put you at ease. I very highly recommend Attorney Clarke.
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Posted by Bev & Gordon | January 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Along with being professional, Henry Clarke made us feel at ease. Like talking to a trusted friend, while making important life decisions and pointing out needs we had not thought about before-hand. He was very patient during the whole process. We never felt rushed. We were very happy with our experience there and would definitely recommend Henry Clarke to anyone who needs estate planning advice.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Henry to do your Will!
Henry was wonderful and made the process of creating a Will extremely painless. Its an emotional process to draft up but he made it seamless, easy and enjoyable. He has a wonderful sense of humor and was fun to be around. A great guy! I was referred to Henry by a colleague and am so happy I took the initiative to call. Call Henry!
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Posted by anonymous | September 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Estate closing
Mr. Clarke assisted me with the closure of my mother's estate. He was extremely patient and understanding of the emotions involved and guided us through the entire process very skillfully. He made a very difficult time and process much easier to face and to handle.
Posted by Vicki | September 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend!!
Henry is very patient, understanding, a good listener & is truly interested in doing what is best for you. Sought & received his advise concerning the formation of an LLC for protection of my business. Also, helped my husband and I with our wills, living trusts and made us consider so many scenarios! He is THE BEST!
Posted by Bob | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, straightforward, knowledgeable and affable. Felt completely at ease working with Mr. Clarke and had no doubt he kept my interests paramount.
Posted by anonymous | August 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Provides an excellent service!
I have had to make 2 amendments to my living trust and Henry Clarke has been able to complete this for me.He was able to get my property retitled in the Trust's name. He also provided personal advice when making the amendments to the trust. That was very helpful! I would highly recommend Henry Clarke for any matters relating to Estate Planning!
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Posted by joanie and bill | August 28, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Henry Clarke
Simply the best. Smart, a good listener, kind, resourceful, timely, all with exceptional competence, in his advice and direction with the special needs trust for our son.
Posted by doug | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
real estate and will services
Henry Clarke is a very capable and responsible attorney I have used his services many times for my real estate business. I give Mr. Clarke the highest rating 5 stars
Posted by Janice | December 1, 2013
A lawyer who is always there for you.
I have known and used Henry Clarke for well over 20 years. He helped me set up my business, handled some insurance issues and even assisted with some family matters - especially estate planning and the settling of an estate. He has always been there for me. I have never had to wait to get a phone call back, even receiving a call late at night when one of my children had a problem. He is truly a "family" lawyer and cares about me and my family. Don't know what I would do without him and knowing that he is a phone call away.
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Posted by Cris | November 18, 2013
We call Henry "The Unlawyer"
We have been clients and friends of Henry for over 30 years and can honestly say that he is among the most trustworthy and honest people we know. We have had both professional and personal dealings with Henry and all have had exceptional outcomes. We highly recommend Henry and his firm to anyone in need of an experienced and knowledgeable professional with which to consult or a great attorney to help them with their legal affairs. Carol and Cris
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Posted by Ray | November 7, 2013
Simply the Very Best!
I have been a REALTOR for over 30 years and have dealt with many settlement attorneys. Henry is the only one I can think of who would get "excellent" across the board. He has always treated my clients with respect, been open to answering their questions before and/or after closing, and done his job with professionalism and a dash of humor. Perhaps most important to me, however, was when he took care of my Dad after my Mom died a year ago. Neither my Dad nor I really knew what to do regarding my Mom's side of the estate and Henry, with great patience and grace, guided my Dad throughout what turned out to be a seamless process. Henry would be a great choice for anyone seeking real estate or estate planning guidance.
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Posted by Rich M | November 7, 2013
A lawyer with character-yes they exisit
Mr. Clarke has been my lawyer for about 20 years, handling everything from mundane real estate settlements, to my trust and will to complex business dealings and negotiations. I don't do a thing without a call to him. He has kept me from making big mistakes numerous times.
Posted by Kevin | November 6, 2013
Great advice
I have had Mr. Clarke do settlements for me in the past and always he was ready and the documents were always in order He prepared my original will and revised it several times as things changed in my life. It is great that he takes such an interest to know the items that are important to his clients so that he can give them the best advice possible. He is the kind of attorney that you can relate to and does not pretend he is smarter than you. It is rare I like going to see an attorney but trips to see him I usually leave feeling better not worse. I would highly recommend him for Wills, Estates, Business law and settlements.
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Terrible office and unreliable Attorney
Stalls on documents. Took way too long and beyond time frame given. Too many mistakes on FINAL copies of drafts by Henry and Teri. Unfortunately my parents (Henry’s clients-writing on their behalf) noticed a year later.
Response from Henry Clarke April 11, 2024
I appreciate you alerting me of your concerns and those of your parents. Please contact me directly so that we may discuss these issues and I may investigate and remedy them. Henry
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President, Sole Owner
  • Henry C Clarke Jr, PA
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Clarke, Crawford & Bonifant
  • 1985 - 1995
  • Partner
  • Dameron & Clarke
  • 1980 - 1985
  • Assistant County Attorney
  • Montgomery County, Maryland
  • 1978 - 1980
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  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Montgomery County, Maryland v Horman, 418 A.2d 1249
  • Reversed major and substantive part of trial court decision and remanded.


  • Wealth Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Upcounty Community Resources
  • Director, Vice Chairperson, Executive Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • Rockville Nursing Home
  • President, Director, Executive Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund
  • Director, Vice Chairperson
  • 2005 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Member
  • 1983 - Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity of Metro Maryland
  • Director, Executive Commitee
  • 2010 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Clients Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Harry Semmes Volunteer of the Year
  • Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Montgomery College
  • Estates and Trusts professor
  • 2007
  • Paralegal courses - visiting professor
  • Real Property
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this extraordinary lawyer. The highest praise I can give him is that he is as good a lawyer as he is a person."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Henry Clarke is a knowledgeable attorney upon whom I routinely rely for complex real estate issues that arise in my practice."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the pleasure of knowing Henry for over 35 years. I have had the benefit of working with him on many occasions, and he always exhibited the highest ability and professionalism in anything he undertakes. I would whole-heartedly recommend him to anyone considering his services."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Henry years ago at an educational seminar and we became friends and professional colleagues. We have consulted on complex real property and estate planning issues and I am impressed with the depth of his technical legal knowledge. Henry’s mastery of real property and estate planning law is a testament to his dedication to the law and duty to his clients to master those areas of law in which he is called upon for his counsel. While expertise is critical, Henry possesses the unique ability to combine that mastery of the complicated fields of real property and estate planning law with a remarkable ability to communicate that knowledge in a non-technical and effective manner to his many clients. This is a rare quality among lawyers and Henry is among the most respected property and estate planning lawyers in Maryland. I highly recommend Henry Clarke to anyone seeking a property or estate planning attorney who has impeccable integrity and ability, with a compassionate personal touch."
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